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Approved Cognitive Science Courses Lists

All courses that will count  toward course requirements for the Cognitive Science major 30 credit hours must come from approved course lists on the website. The Student Information System (SIS) is UVA's official course information site and if there is a discrepency in pre-requistes or enrollment requistes for courses listed on this site--SIS is the official and correct source.

Courses in each of the five core areas are reviewed each term by our area specialists and director to determine if they align with the study of cognitive science and contain sufficient COGS specific content to count for the major. New and topical courses that change each term are added to the website's approved lists each term to expand course options within the disciplines.  We also have a list of courses that are frequently offered each year or every other year that were previously and are currently approved for COGS credit. The "Frequently Approved " course list can be found in the menu to the left. Courses that are listed on the website as approved will count for the major no matter when they were taken if you meet the criteria of C or above.

Cognitive Science Approved Courses for Spring 2024


Psychology
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Psychology

BME 3636:  Neural Network Models of Cognition and Brain Computation

*BME 3636 may be used as a Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience, or Computer Science class but not more than one

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  3rd or 4th year standing or permission of the instructor
Course Attributes:

Description of course contents:       
An introductory course to neural networks research, specifically biologically-based networks that reproduce cognitive phenomena. The goal of this course is to teach the basic thinking and methodologies used in constructing and understanding neural-like networks.  Cross-listed as NESC 5330.
Instructor: William Levy

EDLF 5040:  Education and Neuroscience

*EDLF 5040  may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  none
Course Attributes:

Description of course contents:  
In this course we will cover theories, methods, and research at the intersection of education and neuroscience and the implications of this work for educational practice. Major topics include research on student development in reading and math, as well as the development of foundational skills that support student learning, including executive functions, emotion regulation, and motivation.
Instructor: TBA

PSYC 2005:  Research Methods & Data Analysis I

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Course Attributes: Quantification, Computation & Data Analysis

Description of course contents:  Introduces research methods in psychology, integrating statistical analysis.
Instructor: Frederick Smyth

PSYC 2150:  Introduction to Cognition

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Course Attributes: Living Systems

Description of course contents:  Cognition is the activity of knowing: the acquisition, organization, and use of knowledge. Emphasizing fundamental issues, this course introduces such basic content areas in cognitive psychology as perception, memory, language, cognitive development, and philosophy of science.
Instructor: Mariana Golino

PSYC 3006:  Research Methods & Data Analysis II

Credits: 4 (lab required)
Prerequisites:  PSYC 2005 or 3005 AND STAT 1601 or 3080 or PSYC 3310 with a grade of C or higher
Class Attributes: Quantification, Computation & Data Analysis

Description of course contents:       
A continuation of discussion of research methods in psychology, including computer-controlled experimentation, integrated with computer-based exploratory data analysis, and elementary statistical analysis. Three lecture hours, two laboratory hours
Instructor: M Joseph Meyer

PSYC 3310: RM: R Applications in Psychology

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: None
Course Attributes: Quantification, Computation & Data Analysis; No Cost Course Materials

Description of course contents: This course serves as both an introduction to the R programming language for those who haven't had any previous R background, as well as a refresher and an extension of R topics for those who have taken an intro to R course (i.e., STAT 1601 or PSYC 3006) previously or concurrently.  This course is specially tailored to those who have an interest in psychology, with the purpose of preparing students to use R for their psychological research.
Instructor:  M Joseph Meyer

PSYC 3490: Infant Development

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: None
Course Attributes: Living Systems

Description of course contents:      
Infancy is the time of life during which enormous changes take place- newborns are very different from the inquisitive, walking and talking 2-year-old. The following lines of development during the first two years are traced in detail: motor, perceptual, cognitive, social, and emotional development. Environmental influences, including parental behavior are considered, as well as the effect the infant has on caregivers.
Instructor:  Tobias Grossman

PSYC 4110: Psycholinguistics

*Note: PSYC 4110 may be used fulfill either the Psychology or Linguistics area requirement, but not both. Either PSYC 4110 or EDHS 4300 may be taken for credit, but not both.

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  Restricted to 3rd or 4th year Psyc, Cog Science, or Behavioral Neuroscience majors/second majors
Course Attributes: No Cost Course Materials; Second Writing Requirement

Description of course contents:       
Topics include psychological and linguistic theory; experimental and empirical studies of linguistic usage; development of language in infants and children; cross-cultural studies of linguistic usage; and the biology of language.
Instructor:  Filip Loncke

PSYC 4250: Brain Systems Involved in Memory

*Note: PSYC 4110 may be used fulfill either the Psychology or Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: PSYC 2200 or 3240 or 2210
Course Attributes: Living Systems; Science and Society

Description of course contents:       
The historical and current experimental findings that describe the contribution of neuroanatomical structures in regulating memory formation.
Instructor:  Cedric Williams

PSYC 4435: The Psychology of Misinformation

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Restricted to 3rd or 4th year psyc or cogsci majors; can't enroll if previously taken PSYC 2500 Psychology of Misinformation
Course Attributes: Living Systems

Description of course contents:       
This course explores the psychology behind susceptibility to mis/disinformation, including cognitive biases, decision making in uncertainty, and more. It delves in to cutting edge research and strategies for reducing susceptibility through video interventions and online games. It presents hands-on experience with lots of online materials ranging from responding to misinformation susceptibility scales, to engaging with online videos and games.
Instructor:  Hudson Golino

PSYC 4500-004 Special Topics in Psychology: High-Level Cognition

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  Restricted to 3rd or 4th year Psychology or Cognitive science majors/double majors
Course Attributes:

Description of course contents:  This course will cover contemporary data and theory in high level cognitive processes, including reasoning, choice, problem solving, creativity, and collaborative thinking.
Instructor:  Daniel Willingham

PSYC 5270: RM: Computational Neuroscience

*PSYC 5270 may be used to fulfill the Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience, or Computer Science area requirement, but only one.

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Restricted to 3rd or 4th year Psychology, Cognitive Science, or Neuroscience majors/double majors or Arts & Science graduate students. Instructor consent required.
Course Attributes:

Description of course contents:      
Develops skills in processing neural data and analyzing its relationship to stimulus or motor activity. Topics include information theory, receptive fields, point processes, and mixed-effects models. Emphasis is on implementing theoretical concepts with computer programs. Prerequisite: instructor permission.
Instructor:  Daniel Meliza

PSYC 5323: RM: R in Psychology

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  Restricted to 3rd or 4th year Psychology or Cognitive Science majors/double majors or Arts & Science graduate students. At least 1-2 semesters of previous formal programming experience required (eg. CS 1110 or PSYC 3310). Instructor consent required.
Course Attributes: No Cost Course Materials

Description of course contents:      
This course is designed to introduce the statistical language R, with the purpose of preparing students to use and apply quantitative methods in their future psychology research.  Topics may include handling data structures, cleaning data, visualizing and presenting data, and reviewing introductory statistics using R.
Instructor: M Joseph Meyer

PSYC 5500-001: Current Topics in Psychology: Machine Psychology

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  Restricted to 3rd or 4th year Psychology or Cognitive Science or Neuroscience majors/double majors or Arts & Science graduate students.
Course Attributes:

Description of course contents: Current topical offerings in Psychology
Instructor: Steven Boker

PSYC 5500-002: Current Topics in Psychology: RM: Electroencephalography

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Restricted to 3rd or 4th year psyc, cogsci, or behavioral neurosci majors/2nd majors
Course Attributes: No Cost Course Materials

Description of course contents:
Current topical offerings in Psychology
Instructor: Nicole Long

PSYC 5500-004: Current Topics in Psychology: Applications of Brain Mapping with MRI

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year Psychology majors/double majors or Arts and Sciences graduate students.
Course Attributes:

Description of course contents:
Current topical offerings in Psychology
Instructor: John Van Horn

PSYC 5710: Machine Learning and Data Mining

*PSYC 5710 may be used to fulfil either the Cognitive Psychology area or Computer Science area but not both

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Restricted to 3rd or 4th year Psychology, Cognitive Science, or Neuroscience majors/double majors or Arts & Science graduate students. Instructor consent required.
Course Attributes:

Description of course contents: Machine learning and data mining are among the topics that are very demanded nowadays. They can be used to extract knowledge from multivariate datasets, to transform unstructured data into analyzable datasets, and to make extremely accurate and stable predictions. The present course will be an introductory, hands-on course, covering a number of basic techniques and methods used in the fields of machine learning and data mining, using R.
Instructor: Hudson Golino

PSYC 5720: Fundamentals of Item Response Theory

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Undergraduates must have taken Psyc 3005 and 3006 OR 4005 and 4006.  Grads must have taken Psyc 7710. Instructor consent required.
Course Attributes:

Description of course contents:      
This course is designed to introduce you to the concepts of item response theory (IRT) models and their application to substantive psychological problems in measurement, such as test and scale design and analysis.
Instructor:  Karen Schmidt

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Neuroscience

BIOL 3250:  Introduction to Animal Behavior

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  BIOL 2100 (formerly 2010) or BME 2104 and BIOL 2200 (formerly 2020)
Course Attributes: Living Systems

Description of course contents:       
An introduction to comparative studies of animal behavior from neuroethological and evolutionary prospectives. The first deals with proximate causes of behavior, with emphasis on motor, sensory and central aspects of the nervous system. The second deals with ultimate causes, with emphases on natural selection, natural history, and adaptive aspects of behavior.
Instructor: Masashi Kawasaki

BIOL 4011:  Homeostasis: the Wisdom of the Body

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  BIOL 3050; cannot have previously taken BIOL 4559 Homeostasis: Wisdom of the Body
Course Attributes: Living Systems

Description of course contents:  
The human body maintains stable energy levels, hydration, and temperature despite the challenges of ever-changing external environment, a process known as homeostasis. This course explores biological models and mechanisms of homeostasis, including how survival needs are monitored and met through changes in behavior and physiology. Students will gain a state-of-the-art perspective on homeostatic biology and its research methods and technology.
Instructor: John Campbell

BIOL 4330 Wiring the Brain

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  Must have completed both (BIOL 3000 and BIOL 3010) AS WELL AS one of the following: BIOL 3050 or PSYC 2200 or PSYC 3200
Course Attributes: Living Systems

Description of course contents:  Cognition is the activity of knowing: the acquisition, organization, and use of knowledge. Emphasizing fundamental issues, this course introduces such basic content areas in cognitive psychology as perception, memory, language, cognitive development, and philosophy of science.
Instructor: Barry Condron

BIOL 4310: Sensory Neurobiology

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: BIOL 3050 (formerly 3170) or PSYC 2200 or PSYC 3200 strongly recommended
Course Attributes: Living Systems

Description of course contents:     
This two-lectures-per-week course explores the basic principles of sensory neurobiology. The course consists of four modules.  Each module represents one of the senses & consists of an introductory lecture, one or several lectures that will delve into the details of that sense, a current topic lecture on some recent finding, & finally, a guest lecture from a UVa researcher.
Instructor: Ignacio Provencio

BME 3636:  Neural Network Models of Cognition and Brain Computation

*BME 3636 may be used as a Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience, or Computer Science class but not more than one

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  3rd or 4th year standing or permission of the instructor
Course Attributes:

Description of course contents:       
An introductory course to neural networks research, specifically biologically-based networks that reproduce cognitive phenomena. The goal of this course is to teach the basic thinking and methodologies used in constructing and understanding neural-like networks.  Cross-listed as NESC 5330.
Instructor: William Levy

EDLF 5040: Education and Neuroscience    

*Note: EDLF 5040  may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  none
Course Attributes:

Description of course contents:  
In this course we will cover theories, methods, and research at the intersection of education and neuroscience and the implications of this work for educational practice. Major topics include research on student development in reading and math, as well as the development of foundational skills that support student learning, including executive functions, emotion regulation, and motivation.
Instructor: TBA

PSYC 3200: Fundamentals of Neuroscience

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: PSYC 2200 or BIOL 2100. Cannot be currently enrolled in or have previously taken BIOL 3050.
Course Attributes: Living Systems

Description of course contents:     
This course will build on students' general knowledge of Neuroscience topics and aim to achieve a deeper understanding of the fundamental principles of Neuroscience. Topics covered: (1) cell biological and electrical properties of the neuron; (2) synaptic transmission and synaptic plasticity; (3) transduction of physical stimuli and processing of sensory information; and (4) development and evolution and the nervous system.
Instructor: Alev Erisir

PSYC 3210: RM: Psychobiology Laboratory

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: BIOL 3050 (formerly 3170) or PSYC 2200 or PSYC 3200 or PSYC 4200; PSYC 3005 recommended
Course Attributes:

Description of course contents:     
     
Develops skills necessary for the study of neural bases of behavior, such as brain dissection, electrophysiology, histology, behavioral analysis, and genetic/epigenetic analyses. Emphasis is on mastering contemporary techniques used in neuroscience research and effective, professional written presentation of research findings
Instructor: Thaddeus Wiegel

PSYC 3260: Hidden Figures: Brain Science through Diversity

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Cannot have previously taken PSYC 3500 010 Hidden Figures
Course Attributes: Science and Society

Description of course contents:     
     
This course will introduce students to basic concepts in neurobiology/neuroscience/brain science discoveries while emphasizing research by women and URMs in science.
Instructor: Adema Ribic

PSYC 4250: Brain Systems Involved in Memory

*Note: PSYC 4110 may be used fulfill either the Psychology or Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: PSYC 2200 or 3240 or 2210
Course Attributes: Living Systems; Science and Society

Description of course contents:       
The historical and current experimental findings that describe the contribution of neuroanatomical structures in regulating memory formation.
Instructor:  Cedric Williams

PSYC 5270: RM: Computational Neuroscience

*PSYC 5270 can count as a Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience, or Computer Science course but only one

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience majors/double majors or Arts and Sciences graduate students. Instructor consent required.
Course Attributes:

Description of course contents:       
     
Develops skills in processing neural data and analyzing its relationship to stimulus or motor activity. Topics include information theory, receptive fields, point processes, and mixed-effects models. Emphasis is on implementing theoretical concepts with computer programs.
Instructor:  Daniel Meliza

PSYC 5500-002: Current Topics in Psychology: RM: Electroencephalography

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Restricted to 3rd or 4th year psyc, cogsci, or behavioral neurosci majors/2nd majors
Course Attributes: No Cost Course Materials

Description of course contents:
Current topical offerings in Psychology
Instructor: Nicole Long

PSYC 5500-004: Current Topics in Psychology: Applications of Brain Mapping with MRI

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year Psychology majors/double majors or Arts and Sciences graduate students.
Course Attributes:

Description of course contents:
Current topical offerings in Psychology
Instructor: John Van Horn

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Linguistics

ANTH 2400:  Language and Culture

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Course Attributes: Non-Western Perspectives; Cultures and Societies of the World; Social and Economic Systems; No Cost Course Materials

Description of course contents:       
Introduces the interrelationships of linguistic, cultural, and social phenomena with emphasis on the importance of these interrelationships in interpreting human behavior. No prior knowledge of linguistics is required.
Instructor: Nathan Wendte

ANTH 2415:  Language in Human Evolution

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Course Attributes: Living Systems; Science and Society

Description of course contents:       
Examines the evolution of our capacity for language along with the development of human ways of cooperating in engaged social interaction. Course integrates cognitive, cultural, social, and biological aspects of language in comparative perspective. How is the familiar shape of language today the result of evolutionary and developmental processes involving the form, function, meaning and use of signs and symbols in social ecologies?
Instructor: Mark Sicoli

ANTH 2430:  Languages of the World

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  One year of a foreign language or instructor permission.
Course Attributes: Living Systems; Historical Perspectives

Description of course contents:
An introduction to the study of language relationships and linguistic structures.  Topics covered the basic elements of grammatical description; genetic, areal, and typological relationships among languages; a survey of the world's major language groupings and the notable structures and grammatical categories they exhibit; and the issue of language endangerment.
Instructor: Lise Dobrin

ANTH 2450:  Language and Environment

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Course Attributes: Artistic, Interpretive & Philosophical Inquiry; Social & Economic Systems

Description of course contents:
In this course, students rethink assumptions about what "language" and "environment" are. Both depend on living systems to be rendered meaningful, and together we will wrestle with how these two ideas can be brought into relation and the implications associated with different frames of understanding. There are many perspectives on the issues raised in this course, and you will receive a broad introduction to that diversity.
Instructor: Nathan Wendte

ANTH 2450:  Language and Environment

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Course Attributes: Artistic, Interpretive & Philosophical Inquiry; Social & Economic Systems

Description of course contents:
In this course, students rethink assumptions about what "language" and "environment" are. Both depend on living systems to be rendered meaningful, and together we will wrestle with how these two ideas can be brought into relation and the implications associated with different frames of understanding. There are many perspectives on the issues raised in this course, and you will receive a broad introduction to that diversity.
Instructor: Nathan Wendte

ANTH 5541: Lakota Language Structures

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Course Attributes:

Description of course contents:
This course involves learning about the language, culture, and history of the Otʃetʰi ʃakowĩ Oyate, a confederacy of Indigenous Nations of North America whose citizens speak three related languages (with internal dialects): Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota. We will be exploring the grammatical structures of one of the Otʃetʰi ʃakowĩ languages, specifically Lakota (as the course title indicates). We will do so primarily by studying, analyzing, and carefully interacting with sets of short stories, texts, and narratives of different genre from the language. Our exploration will involve a guided journey through archives of Lakota texts, both historical and modern. While studying these texts we will attempt to systematically analyze things like Lakota word and sentence structures while engaging with theories and models that have been used to describe these structures. We will also have a chance to explore the larger historical/typological picture of how the languages of the Otʃetʰi ʃakowĩ people fit within the larger “Siouan” language family.
Instructor: Armik Mirzayan

CLAS 3350: Language and Literature of the Early Celts

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  
Course Attributes: Artistic, Interpretive and Philosophical Inquiry; Historical Perspectives

Description of course contents:
This introduction to the Celtic inhabitants of Gaul and Britain unites two approaches, one literary, one linguistic. First, we will compare descriptions of the Celts found in Greek and Latin authors with readings of Celtic literature in translation, notably Ireland's great prose epic, the Táin Bó Cúailnge. Second, we will explore how the Celtic languages work, focusing on the basics of Old Irish as well as touching on Middle Welsh and Gaulish.
Instructor: Coulter George

EDHS 4030: Speech and Hearing Science

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: None
Course Attributes: No Cost Course Materials

Description of course contents:
The course examines principal concepts and procedures for the study of physiologic, perceptual and acoustic aspects of voice, speech and hearing.  The course leads the student into the fascinating world of new applications in daily life, in business, and especially in education and clinical work.  
Instructor: Filip Loncke

LING 4650 Linguistic Typology

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Students cannot enroll if previously taken LING 4559 Typology
Course Attributes: Living Systems

Description of course contents:
Linguistic typologists study the patterns of grammatical forms and relations as they vary and converge across the diversity of the world's languages. Students in this course examine and critically evaluate definitions, methods, and results of typological research, and gain practice analyzing linguistic data through typological lenses.
Instructor: Armik Mirzayan

PSYC 4110: Psycholinguistics

*Note: PSYC 4110 may be used fulfill either the Psychology or Linguistics area requirement, but not both. Either PSYC 4110 or EDHS 4300 may be taken for credit, but not both.

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Restricted to 3rd or 4th year Psychology, Cognitive Science, or Behavioral Neuroscience majors/second majors
Course Attributes: No Cost Course Materials; Second Writing Requirement.

Description of course contents:
Topics include psychological and linguistic theory; experimental and empirical studies of linguistic usage; development of language in infants and children; cross-cultural studies of linguistic usage; and the biology of language.
Instructor: Filip Loncke

SPAN 3000: Phonetics

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Previously taken SPAN 3010 (or equivalent) or in student group SPLC
Course Attributes:

Description of course contents:
An introduction to the sound system of both Peninsular & Latin Am Spanish. Class discussions focus on how the sounds of Spanish are produced from an articulatory point of view, and how these sounds are organized & represented in the linguistic competence of their speakers. When appropriate, comparisons will be made between Spanish & English or Spanish & other (Romance & non-Romance) languages. Course seeks to improve the student's pronunciation.  
Instructor: Joel Rini, Omar Velazquez-Mendoza

SPAN 3200: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Previously taken SPAN 3010 (or equivalent) or in student group SPLC. Instructor Consent required.
Course Attributes: Cultures and Societies of the World.

Description of course contents:
Conducted in Spanish.
Instructor:Lorena Albert Ferrando

SPAN 3200: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Previously taken SPAN 3010 (or equivalent) or in student group SPLC. Instructor Consent required.
Course Attributes: Cultures and Societies of the World.

Description of course contents:
Conducted in Spanish.
Instructor:Lorena Albert Ferrando

SPAN 4200: History of the Language

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: SPAN 3200 and 3010, or 3000 and 3010, or departmental placement.
Course Attributes: Cultures and Societies of the World; Historical Perspectives

Description of course contents:
Instructor: Joel Rini

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Philosophy

PHIL 2500-001:  Survey on a Philosophical Topic: Philosophy of Language

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Course Attributes: Artistic, Interpretive and Philosophical Inquiry

Description of course contents:       
It is easy to take for granted what humans can accomplish with language. With language use we can describe and better come to know about the world. We can express ourselves, share core values, and be better able to understand each other. Through language use we also do things and change things, including languages themselves. We define, argue, and translate from completely different languages. Accomplishments abound! In this course, we will revel in some of these accomplishments, and through close study of theories in the philosophy of language that seek to understand, analyze, and explain some of these accomplishments. Large-scale questions will include: how are we able to refer? What are the relationships between words/phrases and what they are able to mean when they are used? What roles do language users play in those relationships? More broadly, what is linguistic meaning? We will approach these and other questions with both theoretical interest and an eye to the practices we share of using language in the world.  
Instructor: William Welchance

PHIL 2500-300:  Survey on a Philosophical Topic: Moral Responsibility

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Course Attributes: Artistic, Interpretive and Philosophical Inquiry

Description of course contents:       
In this course we will take up philosophical questions about moral responsibility and blame: what is blame and how is it related to moral responsibility? What does it take to be blameworthy for something? We will also look at questions about blamerworthiness, or what it takes to be in a position to hold another person or institution accountable.
Instructor: Dee Payton

PHIL 2640:  Rational Choice and Happiness

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Course Attributes: Artistic, Interpretive and Philosophical Inquiry; Second Writing Requirement

Description of course contents:       
In this class, we will examine philosophical puzzles about our ability to make rational choices that affect or determine our own happiness. How can we rationally decide to undergo a significant experience - such as having a child or moving to a new country - when have no way of knowing what that experience will be like? How can we rationally choose to make decisions about our future?
Instructor: Elizabeth Barnes

PHIL 3330:  Philosophy of Mind

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Course Attributes: Artistic, Interpretive and Philosophical Inquiry

Description of course contents:       
This course addresses philosophical issues about the mind, including the following: Does the phenomenon of consciousness pose a problem for a larger naturalistic theory of the world? How should we study consciousness? What does it mean to say that the mind is “physical”? And is it physical? How is your mind related to your body? How is it related to the “external” world? Are our minds housed within our skins, or do they extend to include external factors as well? Is the self a unitary, persisting entity? Is it merely a fiction? Most of the readings will be from contemporary sources.
Instructor: Walter Ott

PHIL 3400:  Introduction to Non-Classical Logic

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  PHIL 2420
Course Attributes: Quantification, Computation and Data Analysis; Low Cost Course Materials

Description of course contents:       
An introduction to systems of non-classical logic, including both extensions and revisions to classical logic.
Instructor: Ross Cameron

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Computer Science

Most Computer Science courses are acceptable for the COGS major except CS 1010, CS 1020, and CS 1501 Special Topics courses. CS 1501 (and some 2501) courses are CR/NC grading which within the College of Arts and Sciences means they cannot be used to fulfill major credit hours.  This is not an exhaustive list and doesn’t go beyond the 3000 level though 4000 level – 3 credit hour classes also count for COGS. Courses in other departments that also satisfy the Computer Science area are:

BME 3636:  Neural Network Models of Cognition and Brain Computation

*BME 3636 may be used as a Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience, or Computer Science class but not more than one

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  3rd or 4th year standing or permission of the instructor
Course Attributes:

Description of course contents:       
An introductory course to neural networks research, specifically biologically-based networks that reproduce cognitive phenomena. The goal of this course is to teach the basic thinking and methodologies used in constructing and understanding neural-like networks.  Cross-listed as NESC 5330.
Instructor: William Levy

PSYC 5270: RM: Computational Neuroscience

*PSYC 5270 may be used to fulfill the Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience, or Computer Science area requirement, but only one.

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Restricted to 3rd or 4th year Psychology, Cognitive Science, or Neuroscience majors/double majors or Arts & Science graduate students. Instructor consent required.
Course Attributes:

Description of course contents:      
Develops skills in processing neural data and analyzing its relationship to stimulus or motor activity. Topics include information theory, receptive fields, point processes, and mixed-effects models. Emphasis is on implementing theoretical concepts with computer programs. Prerequisite: instructor permission.
Instructor:  Daniel Meliza

PSYC 5710: Machine Learning and Data Mining

*PSYC 5710 may be used to fulfil either the Cognitive Psychology area or Computer Science area but not both

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Restricted to 3rd or 4th year Psychology, Cognitive Science, or Neuroscience majors/double majors or Arts & Science graduate students. Instructor consent required.
Course Attributes:

Description of course contents: Machine learning and data mining are among the topics that are very demanded nowadays. They can be used to extract knowledge from multivariate datasets, to transform unstructured data into analyzable datasets, and to make extremely accurate and stable predictions. The present course will be an introductory, hands-on course, covering a number of basic techniques and methods used in the fields of machine learning and data mining, using R.
Instructor: Hudson Golino


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Elective Credit Only

*Note: The classes listed here can only be used for elective credit and cannot count for a cognitive science area.

KINE 3660
Credits:  3
Prerequisites: -
Course Attributes: -

Description of course contents:
This course will address the underlying neuroanatomy associated with cognitive function in healthy individuals as well as those with neurocognitive/psychiatric pathologies and diseases. Throughout the semester, students will become consumers of cross- disciplinary research addressing the influence of physical activity and cognitive function.
Instructor: Jacob Resch

Cognitive Science Approved Courses for JTerm 2024


Psychology
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Psychology

PSYC 2150:  Introduction to Cognition

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Course Attributes: Living Systems

Description of course contents:
Cognition is the activity of knowing: the acquisition, organization, and use of knowledge. Emphasizing fundamental issues, this course introduces such basic content areas in cognitive psychology as perception, memory, language, cognitive development, and philosophy of science. An optional weekly review session is offered for those who wish to attend.
Instructor: Mariana Golino

PSYC 2500-001:  Topics in Psychology: Psychology of Misinformation

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Course Attributes:

Description of course contents:
Instructor: Hudson Golino

PSYC 4100:  Neuroscience of Learning, Emotions, and Motivation of Functional Behavior

*Note:  PSYC 4100 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  Instructor consent required.
Course Attributes: Living Systems

Description of course contents:
Learning, Emotions and Motivation will be explored from animal models of clinical conditions, historical case studies in humans of brain-derived emotional disturbances, and current innovations to treat brain disorders. These important discoveries will be presented for students to understand underlying biological and neural mechanisms that mediate adaptive changes to motivate healthy behavior.
Instructor: Cedric Williams

PSYC 4260:  RM: Genetic and Epigenetic Research in Behavior

*Note:  PSYC 4260 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Course Attributes:

Description of course contents:
We will discuss basic concepts in genetics/epigenetics and the role these molecular modifications play in behavior and disorder. We will evaluate empirical papers and learn the molecular techniques described within them. Completion of this course should result in increased knowledge of the use of genome level data in psychology and biology.
Instructor: Jessica Connelly

PSYC 5326:  The Neuroscience of Social Relationships

*Note:  PSYC 5326 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  PYSC 2005 or 3005. PSYC 2200 or BIOL 3050 recommended.
Course Attributes:

Description of course contents:
This course will provide a broad overview of neuroscientific research into social relationships. The field is relatively new, and changing quickly. After a brief review of the neuroscientific methods we are likely to encounter in this literature, the course will be oriented toward readings and discussion, with brief research proposals presented at the end. PSYC 2200 or BIOL 3050 recommended.
Instructor: James Coan

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Neuroscience

PSYC 3210:  RM: Psychobiology Laboratory

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  BIOL 3050 (formerly BIOL 3170) or PSYC 2200 or PSYC 4200 or PSYC 3200. PSYC 3005
Course Attributes: Living Systems

Description of course contents:
Develops skills necessary for the study of neural bases of behavior, such as brain dissection, electrophysiology, histology, behavioral analysis, and genetic/epigenetic analyses. Emphasis is on mastering contemporary techniques used in neuroscience research and effective, professional written presentation of research findings.
Instructor: Erin Clabough

PSYC 3559-001:  Imag(in)e Neurons: Inferring Brain Function from Structure

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  -
Course Attributes: -

Description of course contents:
Imag(in)e Neurons is a practical crash course on the applications of confocal imaging in modern behavioral neuroscience. It is designed to introduce you to the basic principles of confocal imaging and sample preparation, as well as the analysis and interpretation of confocal imaging data.
Instructor: Adema Ribic

PSYC 4100:  Neuroscience of Learning, Emotions, and Motivation of Functional Behavior

*Note:  PSYC 4100 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  Instructor consent required.
Course Attributes: Living Systems

Description of course contents:
Learning, Emotions and Motivation will be explored from animal models of clinical conditions, historical case studies in humans of brain-derived emotional disturbances, and current innovations to treat brain disorders. These important discoveries will be presented for students to understand underlying biological and neural mechanisms that mediate adaptive changes to motivate healthy behavior.
Instructor: Cedric Williams

PSYC 4260:  RM: Genetic and Epigenetic Research in Behavior

*Note:  PSYC 4260 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Course Attributes:

Description of course contents:
We will discuss basic concepts in genetics/epigenetics and the role these molecular modifications play in behavior and disorder. We will evaluate empirical papers and learn the molecular techniques described within them. Completion of this course should result in increased knowledge of the use of genome level data in psychology and biology.
Instructor: Jessica Connelly

PSYC 4559-001: Research Methods in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  Restricted to 3rd or 4th year psyc or cogsci students
Course Attributes:

Description of course contents:

This course offers an introduction to and practical experience with developmental cognitive neuroscience techniques. The course will be laboratory based and will give students experience with collection and analysis of neuroscientific data. Our primary goal will be to understand how human neuroscience techniques may inform our understanding of the developing brain. We will focus on three techniques: electroencephalography (EEG), functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). We will consider each technique in detail through brief course lectures, readings, and laboratory demonstrations with particular emphasis on implementing these techniques with developing populations. Students will leave the course with an understanding of methodological considerations for data collecting involving developmental populations, and hands-on experience collecting and analyzing neuroscientific data

Instructor: Meghan Puglia

PSYC 5326:  The Neuroscience of Social Relationships

*Note:  PSYC 5326 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  PYSC 2005 or 3005. PSYC 2200 or BIOL 3050 recommended.
Course Attributes:

Description of course contents:
This course will provide a broad overview of neuroscientific research into social relationships. The field is relatively new, and changing quickly. After a brief review of the neuroscientific methods we are likely to encounter in this literature, the course will be oriented toward readings and discussion, with brief research proposals presented at the end. PSYC 2200 or BIOL 3050 recommended.
Instructor: James Coan

Cognitive Science Approved Courses for Fall 2023


Psychology

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Psychology

PSYC 2005-1 & 2:  Research Methods & Data Analysis I
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

Enrollment restrictions:  None
Description of course contents:  Introduces research methods in psychology, integrating statistical analysis.
Instructor: 

PSYC 2150:  Introduction to Cognition

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:  None
Description of course contents:  Cognition is the activity of knowing: the acquisition, organization, and use of knowledge. Emphasizing fundamental issues, this course introduces such basic content areas in cognitive psychology as perception, memory, language, cognitive development, and philosophy of science.
Instructor:  Willingham

PSYC 3006:  Research Methods & Data Analysis II
Credits:  4 (Required lab)
Prerequisites:  PSYC 2005 or 3005 STAT ? with a grade of C or higher

Enrollment restrictions:  Must have taken PSYC 2005 or 3005
Description of course contents:  Introduction to research methods in psychology, integrating statistical analysis. Emphasis on descriptive statistics and non-experimental research methods. Use of computers for data analysis, experimentation, and report writing. This course is the first part of a two-part series (2005 and 3006).
Instructor:

PSYC 3100-1: Learning and the Neuroscience of Behavior 
*Note:  PSYC 3100 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.
Credits:  3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Restrictions:  None
Description of course contents: The course will examine historical and current theories of learning that provide the foundation for most, if not all forms of an organism's behavior. Students will be exposed to a diverse range of experimental findings that led to principles and concepts that currently explain how environmental, social and emotional factors influence the brain and body to shape human and animal behavior.

Instructor:  Williams

PSYC 3160:  Cognitive Neuroscience
*Note:  PSYC 3160 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits:  3
Description of course contents: This course is intended as a survey of cognitive neuroscience, with an emphasis on breadth. Each week we will cover one sub-area or topic within cognitive neuroscience including perception, attention, memory, cognitive control and others. Readings will be chapters from the textbooks with few supplemental journal articles. Psyc 1010 is recommended but not required.

Instructor:  Long

PSYC 3310: R Applications in Psychology (2 Sections)

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

Enrollment restrictions:  None
Description of course contents:  Online course This course serves as both an introduction to the R programming language for those who haven't had any previous R background, as well as a refresher and an extension of R topics for those who have taken an intro to R course (i.e., STAT 1601 or PSYC 3006) previously or concurrently.  This course is specially tailored to those who have an interest in psychology, with the purpose of preparing students to use R for their psychological research.
Instructor:  Meyer

PSYC 4100 Neuroscience of Learning, Emotions and Motivation of Functional Behavior-

*Note:  PSYC 4100 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:  Students must be a 3rd or 4th Psychology, Cognitive Science, or Neuroscience major.
Description of course contents:  Learning, Emotions and Motivation will be explored from animal models of clinical conditions, historical case studies in humans of brain-derived emotional disturbances, and current innovations to treat brain disorders. These important discoveries will be presented for students to understand underlying biological and neural mechanisms that mediate adaptive changes to motivate healthy behavior.

Instructor:  Williams

PSYC 4155: Autism: From Neurons to Neighborhoods
*Note:  PSYC 4155 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.Credits:  3

Prerequisites:   None
Enrollment Restrictions: Student must be a 3rd or 4th Psychology major or Interdisciplinary-Cognitive Science or Neuroscience major.
Description of course contents: In this interdisciplinary seminar, we will discuss recent research on autism at multiple levels (biological, cognitive, social) and from multiple perspectives (autistic individuals, scientists, disability studies scholars, families, schools, community/government organizations).

Instructor:  Jaswal

PSYC 4215 Computational Methods in Psychology and Neuroscience

*Note:  This course- may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:  Enrollment is not allowed in more than one 4000-level or 5000-level PSYC course per semester and student must be a 3rd or 4th Psychology major or Interdisciplinary-Cognitive Science major.
Description of course contents:
This class provides a hands-on introduction to applied data science in Psychology and Neuroscience with Python. Students will learn to design and code experiments, collect and process data, and analyze and visualize results, all with freely-available, cross-platform, open-source Python libraries. Advanced topics will include applications of optimization, machine learning, and statistics libraries.

Instructor: Sederberg

PSYC 4290: Memory Distortions

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Restrictions:  Restricted to 3rd or 4th year Psyc, Cognitive Science, Neurosci major

Description of course contents: Although memory is generally accurate, some illusions and distortions in remembering are unavoidable. We will review both neuroscience and cognitive research on a variety of different memory problems, ranging from relatively benign tip-of-the-tongue experiences to untrustworthy eye-witness testimony. Our ultimate goal will be to understand the neural basis and cognitive processes that contribute to these constructive memory phenomena.

Instructor: Dodson

PSYC 4310: Cognitive Aging
Credits:  3

Prerequisites:   None
Enrollment Restrictions:  Student must be a 3rd or 4th Psychology major or Interdisciplinary-Cognitive Science or Neuroscience major.
Description of course contents: In this interdisciplinary seminar, we will discuss recent research on autism at multiple levels (biological, cognitive, social) and from multiple perspectives (autistic individuals, scientists, disability studies scholars, families, schools, community/government organizations).

Instructor:  Teles Santos Golino

PSYC 4420: Brain Mapping with MRI 
*Note:  PSYC 4420 may be used to fulfill either the COGS Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  PSYC 2200 or BIOL 3050 or PSYC 3160
Enrollment Restrictions:  Restricted to 3rd or 4th year Psyc, Cognitive Science, Neurosci major

Description of course contents: Human neuroimaging technologies and analytics methods enable exploration of the form, function, and connectivity of the living brain.  Students will gain familiarity with the origins of brain imaging using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), be able to discuss the technical foundations of image reconstruction, view and process raw neuroimaging structural and time-series data,and make inferences about the brain in health and in disease.

Instructor: Van Horn

PSYC 4500-001 Origins of the Human Mind
*Note:  PSYC 4500-001 Origins of the Human Mind may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions: 
3rd or 4th year Psychology Majors  and Cognitive Science Majors
Description of course contents:  
This course provides insights into the developmental and brain origins of the human mind by engaging with major new discoveries from infancy researchers across the world
Instructor:  Grossman

PSYC 4500-003 Neuroscience of Well-Being
*Note:  PSYC 4500-003 Neuroscience of Well Being may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions: 
3rd or 4th year Psychology Majors  and Cognitive Science Majors
Description of course contents:  This course explores the neural mechanisms underlying thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that contribute to health and well-being throughout the lifespan. We will discuss science-based, actionable tools for enhancing personal well-being ranging from social connection to sleep
Instructor:  Brindley

PSYC 5326 The Neuroscience of Social Relationships
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  PSYC 2005 and
Enrollment Restrictions:  Student must be a 3rd or 4th Psychology major or Interdisciplinary-Cognitive Science or Neuroscience major or Grad Arts and Sciences
Description of course contents: This course will provide a broad overview of neuroscientific research into social relationships. The field is relatively new, and changing quickly. After a brief review of the neuroscientific methods we are likely to encounter in this literature, the course will be oriented toward readings and discussion, with brief research proposals presented at the end. PSYC 2200 or BIOL 3050 recommended.
Instructor: Coan

EDHS 4300: Psycholinguistics and Communication

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

Enrollment restrictions: Enrollment is not allowed in more than one 4000-level or 5000-level PSYC course (except PSYC 4910-4980) per semester and student must be a 3rd or 4th Psychology major or Interdisciplinary-Cognitive Science major.

*Note:  EDHS 4300 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Linguistics area requirement, but not both. Either PSYC 4110: Psycholinguistics (Loncke) or EDHS 4300: Psycholinguistics and Communication (Loncke) may be taken for credit, but not both.

Description of course contents: This course focuses on the psychological processes that underlie the acquisition and the use of language. There is an emphasis on the interaction between linguistic skills and other cognitive skills. The course also looks at flexibility of language and language use, and the influence of psycholinguistic processes on reading and writing, the social use of language, and language in other modalities. There will be a focus on learnability and teachability issues. Content: the course will provide insight in (1) acquisition and learnability,  (2) the biopsychology of language (neuro-linguistics, linguistic genetics) (3) the microgenesis of speech (the Levelt model), (4) perceptual processes, (5) expressive mechanisms, (6) multimodality, (7) bilingualism and variation, (8) interaction between language and cognition (9) a psycholinguistic approach to breakdown (i.e., pathology).

Instructor: Loncke

EDLF 5260 Cognitive Psychology and Education

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

Enrollment restrictions:  None
Description of course contents: 
This course will include both cognitive psychology and education perspectives, focusing on what cognitive psychology can tell us about how people learn and how to apply that knowledge in education. We will focus on the ways that cognitive psychology research can be designed and evaluated to be most informative in addressing practical questions of education and learning, including research questions, populations, methods, etc.

Instructor:  Jirout

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Neuroscience

PSYC 2200-1: Survey of Neural Basis
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  
Enrollment Restrictions:  None
Description of course contents: After an overview of brain organization and function, the course examines what we know about the physiological bases of several behaviors including sensation and perception, learning, memory, sleep development, hunger, thirst, and emotions. An optional weekly review session is offered for those who wish to attend. Must sign up for lab section

Instructor: 

PSYC 3100-1: Learning and the Neuroscience of Behavior 
*Note:  PSYC 3100 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.
Credits:  3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Restrictions:  None
Description of course contents: The course will examine historical and current theories of learning that provide the foundation for most, if not all forms of an organism's behavior. Students will be exposed to a diverse range of experimental findings that led to principles and concepts that currently explain how environmental, social and emotional factors influence the brain and body to shape human and animal behavior.

Instructor:  Williams

PSYC 3160:  Cognitive Neuroscience
*Note:  PSYC 2160 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits:  3
Description of course contents: This course is intended as a survey of cognitive neuroscience, with an emphasis on breadth. Each week we will cover one sub-area or topic within cognitive neuroscience including perception, attention, memory, cognitive control and others. Readings will be chapters from the textbooks with few supplemental journal articles. Psyc 1010 is recommended but not required.

Instructor:  Long

PSYC 3235-001:  Introduction to Epigenetics

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  PSYC 2200 or PSYC 3200 or BIOL 3050

Enrollment Restrictions:

Description of course contents: This course is a didactic, mechanistic exploration of epigenetics; we will discuss all epigenetic modifications known to date, the processes through which they are established and modified and their impact on the cell and organism.

Instructor: Connelly

PSYC 4100 Neuroscience of Learning, Emotions and Motivation of Functional Behavior-

*Note:  PSYC 4100 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:  Students must be a 3rd or 4th Psychology, Cognitive Science, or Neuroscience major.
Description of course contents:  Learning, Emotions and Motivation will be explored from animal models of clinical conditions, historical case studies in humans of brain-derived emotional disturbances, and current innovations to treat brain disorders. These important discoveries will be presented for students to understand underlying biological and neural mechanisms that mediate adaptive changes to motivate healthy behavior.

Instructor:  Williams

PSYC 4155: Autism: From Neurons to Neighborhoods
*Note:  PSYC 4155 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.Credits:  3

Prerequisites:   None
Enrollment Restrictions: Student must be a 3rd or 4th Psychology major or Interdisciplinary-Cognitive Science or Neuroscience major.
Description of course contents: In this interdisciplinary seminar, we will discuss recent research on autism at multiple levels (biological, cognitive, social) and from multiple perspectives (autistic individuals, scientists, disability studies scholars, families, schools, community/government organizations).

Instructor:  Jaswal

PSYC 4215 Computational Methods in Psychology and Neuroscience

*Note:  This course- may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:  Enrollment is not allowed in more than one 4000-level or 5000-level PSYC course per semester and student must be a 3rd or 4th Psychology major or Interdisciplinary-Cognitive Science major.
Description of course contents:
This class provides a hands-on introduction to applied data science in Psychology and Neuroscience with Python. Students will learn to design and code experiments, collect and process data, and analyze and visualize results, all with freely-available, cross-platform, open-source Python libraries. Advanced topics will include applications of optimization, machine learning, and statistics libraries.

Instructor: Sederberg

 

PSYC 4420: Brain Mapping with MRI 
*Note:  PSYC 4420 may be used to fulfill either the COGS Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  PSYC 2200 or BIOL 3050 or PSYC 3160
Enrollment Restrictions:  Restricted to 3rd or 4th year Psyc, Cognitive Science, Neurosci major

Description of course contents: Human neuroimaging technologies and analytics methods enable exploration of the form, function, and connectivity of the living brain.  Students will gain familiarity with the origins of brain imaging using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), be able to discuss the technical foundations of image reconstruction, view and process raw neuroimaging structural and time-series data,and make inferences about the brain in health and in disease.

Instructor: Van Horn

PSYC 4500-001 Origins of the Human Mind
*Note:  PSYC 4500-001 Origins of the Human Mind may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions: 
3rd or 4th year Psychology Majors  and Cognitive Science Majors
Description of course contents:  
This course provides insights into the developmental and brain origins of the human mind by engaging with major new discoveries from infancy researchers across the world
Instructor:  Grossman

PSYC 4500-003 Neuroscience of Well-Being
*Note:  PSYC 4500-003 Neuroscience of Well Being may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions: 
3rd or 4th year Psychology Majors  and Cognitive Science Majors
Description of course contents:  This course explores the neural mechanisms underlying thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that contribute to health and well-being throughout the lifespan. We will discuss science-based, actionable tools for enhancing personal well-being ranging from social connection to sleep
Instructor:  Brindley

 

PSYC 5280:  Neuropsychopharmacology
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:   PSYC 4200 or BIOL 3050
Enrollment Restrictions: Restricted to 3rd or 4th year PSYC or COGS or Neuroscience majors
Description of course contents:  Combines the study of the synaptic circuits function for producing measurable behaviors and the principles of pharmacology. Focus on basic concepts in behavior analysis, pharmacology, and neuropharmacology, and reviews research techniques for assessing the effects of drugs on the behavior of nonhumans and humans.
Instructor:  Erisir

PSYC 5326 The Neuroscience of Social Relationships
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  PSYC 2005
Enrollment Restrictions:  Student must be a 3rd or 4th Psychology major or Interdisciplinary-Cognitive Science or Neuroscience major or Grad Arts and Sciences
Description of course contents: This course will provide a broad overview of neuroscientific research into social relationships. The field is relatively new, and changing quickly. After a brief review of the neuroscientific methods we are likely to encounter in this literature, the course will be oriented toward readings and discussion, with brief research proposals presented at the end. PSYC 2200 or BIOL 3050 recommended.
Instructor: Coan

BIOL 3050:  Introduction to Neurobiology

* Note:  BIOL 3050 OR PSYC 4200 credits may count for the major, but not both.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites:  Must have completed BIOL 2100 (formerly BIOL 2010) or BME 2104 and BIOL 2200 (formerly BIOL 2020) or BIOL 2040

Description of course contents:  Analyzes the concepts of general neurobiology, including basic electrophysiology and electrochemistry, origin of bioelectric potentials, sensory, motor, integrative and developmental neurobiology, and conceptual models of simple learning. Prerequisite: Must have completed BIOL 2010 or BIOL 2100 or BME 2104 and BIOL 2020 or BIOL 2040.  May not take if previously completed BIOL 3170. Analyzes the concepts of general neurobiology, including basic electrophysiology and electrochemistry, origin of bioelectric potentials, sensory, motor, integrative and developmental neurobiology, and conceptual models of simple learning.

Instructors:  Condron

BIOL 4045:  Neurodegenerative Diseases

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  BIOL 3000 & BIOL 3050 and can’t enroll if previously taken BIOL 4559 topic #29 Neurodegenerative Diseases

Description of course contents:  This course for advanced undergrads will focus mainly on research about Alzheimer's disease, and will meet once/week for 3 hours. The first 3 weeks will be primarily didactic, and the remainder of the course will be a "journal club" in which primary research paper discussions will be led by teams of students. Assessments will be based on how well students lead and participate in discussions, and on exams.

Instructor:  Bloom

BIOL 4190:  Biological Clocks

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  BIOL 3000 or BIOL 3010 or BIOL 3020

Description of course contents:  Provides direct experience in approaches used to study animal behavior. Each lab concentrates on a particular aspect of behavior. Student experiments relate to central nervous systems; sensory perception; sign stimuli, feeding behavior; social behavior; reproductive behavior; biological timing; and animal observation in the laboratory and field.

Instructor:  Provencio

BIOL 4270:  Animal Behavior Laboratory

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  BIOL 3250

Description of course contents:  Provides direct experience in approaches used to study animal behavior. Each lab concentrates on a particular aspect of behavior. Student experiments relate to central nervous systems; sensory perception; sign stimuli, feeding behavior; social behavior; reproductive behavior; biological timing; and animal observation in the laboratory and field.

Instructor:  Kawasaki

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Linguistics

ANTH 2400: Language and Culture

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

Description of course contents: A survey of topics having to do with the relationship between language, culture, and society. We will consider both how language is described and analyzed by linguists and how evidence from language can shed light on a variety of social, cultural, and cognitive phenomena. Topics include: nature of language, origins of language, how languages change, writing systems, use of linguistic evidence to make inferences about prehistory, the effects of linguistic categories on thought and behavior, regional and social variation in language, and cultural rules for communication. Satisfies the College Non-Western perspectives requirement.

Instructor: Dobrin

 

ANTH 2410: Sociolinguistics

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

Description of course contents: This course introduces students to the diversity of human language and the principles of linguistic classification. How many languages are spoken in the world, and how are they related? What features do all languages share, and in what ways may they differ? In surveying the world's languages, we will focus on the structure and social situation of a set of representative languages for each geographic region covered. We will also discuss the global trend of shift from the use of minority languages to large languages of wider communication, and what this means for the future of human diversity. Course work includes problem sets, essays, and a final paper on the linguistic features and social situation of a minor language. Prerequisites: one year of a foreign language or permission of instructor. perspectives requirement.

Instructor: Lefkowitz

ANTH 2430: Languages of the World

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

Description of course contents: This course introduces students to the diversity of human language and the principles of linguistic classification. How many languages are spoken in the world, and how are they related? What features do all languages share, and in what ways may they differ? In surveying the world's languages, we will focus on the structure and social situation of a set of representative languages for each geographic region covered. We will also discuss the global trend of shift from the use of minority languages to large languages of wider communication, and what this means for the future of human diversity. Course work includes problem sets, essays, and a final paper on the linguistic features and social situation of a minor language. Prerequisites: one year of a foreign language or permission of instructor.

Instructor: Mirzayan

ANTH 2541: Topics in Linguistics: French Creole Language Structures

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

Description of course contents: This course examines the similarities and differences in phonology, morphology, and syntax among those creole languages whose primary lexicon is derived from French. We also consider broader linguistic and anthropological issues concerning creoles. For example, while some have claimed that creoles exist as a typologically distinct class of languages, others have argued that their only commonality is their socio-histories. Familiarity with French, though not required, will be useful. This course fulfills the Structure requirement for Linguistics majors and counts as a Linguistics requirement for Cognitive Science majors. of instructor.

Instructor: Wendte

ANTH 5425: Language Contact

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

Description of course contents: Considers how languages change as part of social systems and affected by historical processes. We will contrast language change through internal processes of drift and regular sound change with contact-induced language change involving multilingualism and code switching, language shift and lexical borrowing, the emergence of pidgin, creole, and intertwined languages, language endangerment, and computational tools for historical linguistics.

Instructor: Wendte

 

ASL 3450-001: Comparative Linguistics: ASL and English

Credits:  3

Prerequisites: None

Description of course contents: Describes spoken English and ASL (American Sign Language) on five levels: phonological, morphological, lexical, syntactic, and discourse and compares/contrasts them using real-world examples. Describes major linguistic components and processes of English and ASL. Introduces basic theories regarding ASL structure. Emphasizes ASL's status as a natural language by comparing/contrasting similarities and unique differences between the two languages.

Instructor:  Jennings-Arey

 

EDHS 4300: Psycholinguistics and Communication

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

Enrollment restrictions: Enrollment is not allowed in more than one 4000-level or 5000-level PSYC course (except PSYC 4910-4980) per semester and student must be a 3rd or 4th Psychology major or Interdisciplinary-Cognitive Science major.

*Note:  EDHS 4300 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Linguistics area requirement, but not both. Either PSYC 4110: Psycholinguistics (Loncke) or EDHS 4300: Psycholinguistics and Communication (Loncke) may be taken for credit, but not both.

Description of course contents: This course focuses on the psychological processes that underlie the acquisition and the use of language. There is an emphasis on the interaction between linguistic skills and other cognitive skills. The course also looks at flexibility of language and language use, and the influence of psycholinguistic processes on reading and writing, the social use of language, and language in other modalities. There will be a focus on learnability and teachability issues. Content: the course will provide insight in (1) acquisition and learnability,  (2) the biopsychology of language (neuro-linguistics, linguistic genetics) (3) the microgenesis of speech (the Levelt model), (4) perceptual processes, (5) expressive mechanisms, (6) multimodality, (7) bilingualism and variation, (8) interaction between language and cognition (9) a psycholinguistic approach to breakdown (i.e., pathology).

Instructor: Loncke

 

EDHS 4310: Exploring Linguistic Diversity

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

Description of course contents: Students in this course will explore language variation within and between languages. The course will use the students’ personal experience and perceptions as a starting point to interpret and understand theories. The course will introduce central concepts such as language contact, language dominance, language policies, creolization, bilingualism, language diversification, language dispersal, dialect, idiolect, and sociolect. Most importantly the course will lead the students to identify and observe these dynamic linguistic forces in their own environment, in their communities, and in the wider world. The course will include a focus on policies that can influence linguistic variation.

Instructor: Loncke

FREN 3030: Phonetics

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

Description of course contents: FREN 3030 is an introductory course in French phonetics. It provides basic concepts in articulatory phonetics and phonological theory, and offers students techniques for improving their own pronunciation. The course will cover the physical characteristics of individual French sounds; the relationship between these sounds and their written representation (orthography); the rules governing the pronunciation of "standard French"; the most salient phonological features of selected French varieties; phonetic differences between French and English sounds; and to some extent, ‘la musique du français’, i.e., prosodic phenomena (le rythme, l’accent, l’intonation, la syllabation). Practical exercises in 'ear-training' (the perception of sounds) and 'phonetic transcription' (using IPA) are also essential components of this dynamic course. Prerequisite: FREN 2020 (or equivalent). Course taught in French.

Instructor: Saunders

 

LING 3400: Structure of English

(obligatory 1 credit discussion)

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

Description of course contents: This course provides students with a foundation in the grammar of the English language. Topics include the phonology, morphology, syntax, with a focus on structural analysis. Students will gain confidence in discussing the form, function, and usage of linguistic structures.  Students will also have an opportunity to research topics related to structure for presentation.  Undergraduates will participate in group research projects, and graduate students will be expected to develop a conference-quality presentation.  Where possible, topics will also be related to the teaching and tutoring of English as a second language including interlanguage analysis and feedback. This course fulfills the structure requirement for Linguistics majors and graduate students.

Instructor: Crabtree

 

LNGS 2240: Southern American English Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

Description of course contents: An examination of the structure, history, and sociolinguistics of the English spoken in the southeastern United States.

Instructor: Elson

 

LNGS 3250: Introduction to Linguistic Theory and Analysis

(optional 1 credit discussion section)

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

Description of course contents: This course introduces students to language as a system and the theoretical underpinnings of the analytic procedures used by linguists. It proceeds from the assumption that the goal of language is to communicate (i.e., to convey meaning via messages), and investigates assumptions relating to the manner in which it accomplishes this goal. This course is required for all Linguistics majors and graduate students.

Instructor: Elson

  

SPAN 3000 Phonetics

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  Instructor Consent SPAN 3010 or Equivalent

Description of course contents:         

An introduction to the sound system of both Peninsular & Latin Am Spanish. Class discussions focus on how the sounds of Spanish are produced from an articulatory point of view, and how these sounds are organized & represented in the linguistic competence of their speakers. When appropriate, comparisons will be made between Spanish & English or Spanish & other (Romance & non-Romance) languages. Course seeks to improve the student's pronunciation.  

Instructor:  Velazquez Mendoza

 

SPAN 4203:  Structure of Spanish

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  SPAN 3010 and either SPAN 3000 or SPAN 3200 Instructor Consent Required

Description of course contents:  This is an advanced introduction to the study of fundamental aspects of the sound and grammatical systems of the Spanish language. The course will start by analyzing present-day (syllable, word and phrase) structures of the language and it will progress toward a more detailed examination of some of the linguistic processes and changes involved in the development of those structures. Prior coursework in linguistics is expected.  Pre-requisites: SPAN 3015 Phonetics  and SPAN 3200 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics

Instructor:  Rini

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Philosophy

PHIL 1510- Free Will and Moral Responsibility
Credits:  3

Description of course contents: It often seems that you are free to choose between options: where to go to university, what career to pursue, whether you will get married and to whom. But it is also sometimes said that you are a biological machine – that the laws of nature force you down the one and only path that your life could have ever taken, and that therefore your "options" are all illusory. Are you really free to choose between your apparent options? Can anyone really be praised or blamed for the choices they make? Does neuroscience disprove free will? What is free will, anyway? In this intro-level course, we will read contemporary philosophy and think about issues like these

Instructor: Puetz

PHIL 2420 Symbolic Logic
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

Description of course contents:
Developments in computing technology have had a tremendous impact on our lives.  Changes have been swift and the human capacity to deal with them is limited.  In this course we will examine some of these changes and carefully consider their social and ethical implications, from the political and global to the personal and emotional.  We’ll end by thinking about computing changes that lie ahead – including the distant future.

Instructor:  Staff

PHIL 2500-100 Philosophy of Race
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

Description of course contents: 

Instructor:  Harris

 

PHIL 2652 Animal Minds and Animal Ethics

Prerequisites:  None
Description of course contents: Other species seem to represent objects in their environments, think about the thoughts of their conspecifics, and perhaps even use language. Some seem to have long-term memory, emotion, and self-awareness. Do they in fact do all of these things, and if so, how, and in what sense? We will engage philosophically with the best scientific evidence available to answer these and similar questions before considering their ethical implications.
Instructor:  Ott

 

PHIL 2820: Philosophy of Health and Healthcare

Prerequisites: None    Attributes: Fulfills Second Writing Requirement
Description of course contents: In this class, we'll discuss philosophical theories of health and explore difficult issues in the measurement and treatment of health-related issues
Instructor: Barnes

 

PHIL 3010: Darwin and Philosophy

Prerequisites:  None
Description of course contents: This course investigates the history and the scientific and philosophical implications of Darwin's revolutionary idea that the wholly unguided process of natural selection could explain the magnificent variety and adaptedness of living things and their descent from a common ancestor. One of the philosophical topics we will explore is how scientific theories are supported by evidence and how science yields knowledge  
Instructor:  Eaker

 

PHIL 3330: Philosophy of the Mind
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Description of course contents: What is the nature of the mind and why do we find its nature so puzzling? We shall critically examine various theories about the nature of the mind; we shall also discuss the nature of particular kinds of mental states and events, such as beliefs, desires, feelings, sensory experiences, and others.  We shall be especially concerned with the relations between the mind and the body, and, more generally, between the mental and the physical.  Most of the readings will be by contemporary philosophers. (This course satisfies the major concentration requirement in Metaphysics and Epistemology.)
Instructor:  Langsam

 

PHIL 3500-001 Philosophy of Memory
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

Description of course contents: 

Instructor:  Irving

 

PHIL 3500-002 Philosophy of Economics
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

Description of course contents: 

Instructor:  Cameron

 

PHIL 3500-003 Philosophy of Mental Health
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Description of course contents:

Instructor:  Barnes

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Computer Science

Most Computer Science courses are acceptable for the COGS major except CS 1010, CS 1020, and CS 1501 Special Topics courses. CS 1501 (and some 2501) courses are CR/NC grading which within the College of Arts and Sciences means they cannot be used to fulfill major credit hours.  This is not an exhaustive list and doesn’t go beyond the 3000 level though 4000 level – 3 credit hour classes also count for COGS.

The most common courses taken include:

CS 1110: Introduction to Programming
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Description of course contents: A first course in programming, software development, and computer science. Introduces computing fundamentals and an appreciation for computational thinking. No previous programming experience required. Note: CS 1110, 1111, 1112, 1113, and 1120 provide different approaches to teaching the same core material; students may only receive credit for one of these courses. of language.

Instructor:  Various

CS 1111: Introduction to Programming
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Description of course contents: A first course in programming, software development, and computer science. Introduces computing fundamentals and an appreciation for computational thinking. Prerequisite: Students should have some experience with programming. Note: CS 1110, 1111, 1112, 1113, and 1120 provide different approaches to teaching the same core material; students may only receive credit for one of these courses.

Instructor: TBA

CS 1112: Introduction to Programming

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  None

Description of course contents: A first course in programming, software development, and computer science. Introduces computing fundamentals and an appreciation for computational thinking. Prerequisite: Students must have no previous programming experience. Note: CS 1110, 1111, 1112, 1113, and 1120 provide different approaches to teaching the same core material; students may only receive credit for one of these courses.

Instructor: Various

CS 1113: Introduction to Programming (Cross listed as PHYS 1655)

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  None

Description of course contents: This class is offered by the Physics department and is cross listed with PHYS1655. This is a new class! Along with an introduction to the PYTHON programming language, the course will introduce three core skills: analyzing data, simulating data, and visualizing data. It assumes no prior programming experience or knowledge about the inner workings of computers. It will concentrate on applications to common problems in science and engineering.

A first course in programming, software development, and computer science. Introduces computing fundamentals and an appreciation for computational thinking. Prerequisite: Students must have no previous programming experience. Note: CS 1110, 1111, 1112, 1113, and 1120 provide different approaches to teaching the same core material; students may only receive credit for one of these courses.

Instructor: Group

CS 2100 Data Structures and Algorithms  1

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  Must have completed CS 1110 or CS 1111 or CS 1112 or CS 1113 with a grade of C- or better OR successfully completed the CS 1110 place out test.
Description of course contents: A second course in computing with an emphasis on foundational data structures and program analysis. The course provides a introduction to object oriented programming and the Java programming language, concurrency, and inheritance / polymorphism. Additionally, foundational data structures and related algorithms / analysis are studied. These include lists, stacks, queues, trees, hash tables, and priority queues. Prereq: CS 1100 - CS 1199

Instructor 001 & 002 Morrison 003:TBA

CS 2120:  Discrete Mathematics and Theory 1

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Must have completed CS 1110 or CS 1111 or CS 1112 or CS 1113 with a grade of C- or better OR successfully completed the CS 1110 place out test.
Description of course contents: Introduces discrete mathematics and proof techniques involving first order predicate logic and induction. Application areas include sets, tuples, functions, relations, and combinatorial problems. Prereq: CS 1100 - CS 1199

Instructor:  001 & 003: Orrico 002: Sullivan

CS 2130:  Computer Systems and Organization 1

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Must have completed CS 1110 or CS 1111 or CS 1112 or CS 1113 with a grade of C- or better OR successfully completed the CS 1110 place out test.
Description of course contents: This course covers topics on the computer architecture abstraction hierarchy ranging from a step above silicon to a step below modern programming languages. Students in this course will learn to write low-level code in C and Assembly, how data is stored in memory, the basics of hardware design from gates and registers through general-purpose computers, and legal, ethical, and security issues related to these topics. CS 1100 - CS 1199 and either familiarity with Java, C++, or another C-like language, or concurrent enrollment in CS 2100

Instructor: 001 & 002: Graham

CS 3100 Data Structures and Algorithms  2

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Must have completed CS 2100 and CS 2120

Description of course contents: Builds upon previous analysis of algorithms and the effects of data structures on them. Algorithms selected from areas such as searching, shortest paths, greedy algorithms, backtracking, divide-and-conquer, dynamic programming, and machine learning. Analysis techniques include asymptotic worst case, expected time, amortized analysis, and reductions.CS 2100 and CS 2120; APMA 1090 or MATH 1210 or MATH 1310 or equivalent

Instructor:  001: Hott 002: Horton

CS 3120:  Discrete Mathematics and Theory 2

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Must have completed CS 3100 or CS 4102
Description of course contents: The goal of this course is to understand the fundamental limits on what can be efficiently computed. These limits reveal properties about information, communication, and computing, as well as practical issues about how to solve problems. Introduces computation theory including grammars, automata, and Turing machines. Prereq: CS 4102 or CS 3100

Instructor: Floryan

CS 3130:  Computer Systems and Organization 2

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Must have completed CS 2100 and CS 2130

Description of course contents: A second course in computer systems, this course will explore a more realistic model of processors and how they and the operating system work together to provide various functionality we depend on as application programmers. Course topics include permission models, system architecture, concurrency, virtual memory, cryptographic primitives, and TCP/IP networking. Prereq CS 2100 and CS 2130

Instructor:  Reiss

CS 3140:  Software Development Essentials

NOTE: This class may only be taken by students in new course curriculum (that is, students who took CS 2100 - DSA 1). If you took CS 2110 and CS 2150, you are not able to take this course.

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Must have completed CS 2100 and CS 2120

Description of course contents: A first course in software engineering and software construction, this course focuses on bringing the programming concepts learned in a first course in data structures and algorithms together to begin to teach students how to build more complex systems. The course covers introductory topics in testing, software design principles, design patterns, functional programming, and data storage and manipulation.

Instructor:  001-002-McBurney

CS 3205: HCI in Software Development

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Must have completed CS 2100 and CS 2110

Description of course contents: Human-computer interaction and user-centered design in the context of software engineering. Examines the fundamental principles of human-computer interaction. Includes evaluating a system's usability based on well-defined criteria; user and task analysis, as well as conceptual models and metaphors; the use of prototyping for evaluating design alternatives; and physical design of software user-interfaces, including windows, menus, and commands. Prerequisite: CS 2110 or CS 2100

Instructor: Apostolellis

CS 3240: HCI in Software Development

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Must have completed CS 2150 or CS 3140 with a grade of C- or better

Description of course contents: Analyzes modern software engineering practice for multi-person projects; methods for requirements specification, design, implementation, verification, and maintenance of large software systems; advanced software development techniques and large project management approaches; project planning, scheduling, resource management, accounting, configuration control, and documentation. Prerequisite: CS 2150 or CS 3140 with a grade of C- or better

Instructor: Sherriff

CS 3250: Software Testing

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Must have completed CS 2150 or CS 2100 and 2120 with a grade of C- or better

Description of course contents: An introduction to testing for assuring software quality. Covers concepts and techniques for testing software, including testing at the unit, module, subsystem, and system levels; automatic and manual techniques for generating and validating test data; the testing process; static vs. dynamic analysis; functional testing; inspections; testing in specific application domains; and reliability assessment. Prerequisite: CS 2150 or (CS 2100 and CS 2120) with a grade of C- or better

Instructor:  Praphamontripong

CS 3710: Introduction to Cybersecurity

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Must have completed CS 2150 or CS 2100 and CS2130 with a grade of C- or better

Description of course contents: Introduces students to the fields of cybersecurity. Both non-technical issues, such as ethics and policy, and technical issues are covered. Students see and experiment with a wide range of areas within cybersecurity, including: binary exploitation, encryption, digital forensics, networks, and modern threats. Prerequisites: CS 2150 or (CS 2100 or CS 2100 place out test and CS 2130) with a grade of C- or better

Instructor: 001 & 002 Orebaugh  003: Bloomfield

For a comprehensive list--PLEASE see CS 4000+ courses in SIS

Note:  ECE 2066:  Science of Information will count for major credit but does not fulfill the CS area requirement.

Instructor:  Barnes

Cognitive Science Approved Courses for Summer 2023


Psychology
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Psychology

PSYC 2005:  Research Methods & Data Analysis I (Session 1 & 3) ONLINE
Credits:  3

Description of course contents:  Introduces research methods in psychology, integrating statistical analysis.

Instructor: Frederick Smyth

PSYC 2150:  Introduction to Cognition (Session 3) ONLINE
Credits:  3

Description of course contents:  Cognition is the activity of knowing: the acquisition, organization, and use of knowledge. Emphasizing fundamental issues, this course introduces such basic content areas in cognitive psychology as perception, memory, language, cognitive development, and philosophy of science.

Instructor: Mariana Teles Santos Golino

PSYC 2300:  Introduction to Perception (Session 3)
Credits:  3

Description of course contents:  Study of selected topics in perception, particularly visual perception, and the role of stimulus variables, learning and motivation of perception.

Instructor: Elizabeth Blair Gross

PSYC 2500:  Psychology of Misinformation
Credits:  3

Description of course contents: 

Instructor: Hudson Golino

PSYC 3006:  Research Methods & Data Analysis II (Session 1) ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS
Credits:  4 (Required lab not currently listed on summer site but is a requirement)
Prerequisites:  STAT 1601 (C or higher) PSYC 2005 or 3005 with grade of C or higher. May not be taken concurrently with 2005
Description of course contents: A continuation of discussion of research methods in psychology, including computer-controlled experimentation, integrated with computer-based exploratory data analysis, and elementary statistical analysis. Three lecture hours, two laboratory hours. 

Instructor: Joseph Meyer & Karen Schmidt

PSYC 3100- Learning and the Neuroscience of Behavior (Session 1)

*Note:  PSYC 3100 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits:  3

Description of course contents:  The course will examine historical and current theories of learning that provide the foundation for most, if not all forms of an organism's behavior. Students will be exposed to a diverse range of experimental findings that led to principles and concepts that currently explain how 

environmental, social and emotional factors influence the brain and body to shape human and animal behavior.

Instructor: Cedric L. Williams

PSYC 4100 Neuroscience of Learning, Emotions and Motivation of Functional Behavior
*Note:  PSYC 4100 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:  Students must be a 3rd or 4th Psychology major or Interdisciplinary-Cognitive Science/Neuroscience major.
Description of course contents:  Learning, Emotions and Motivation will be explored from animal models of clinical conditions, historical case studies in humans of brain-derived emotional disturbances, and current innovations to treat brain disorders. These important discoveries will be presented for students to understand underlying biological and neural mechanisms that mediate adaptive changes to motivate healthy behavior.
Instructor:  Williams

PSYC 4110:  Psycholinguistics
*Note:  PSYC 4110 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Linguistics area requirement, but not both. Either PSYC 4110: Psycholinguistics (Loncke) or EDHS 4300: Psycholinguistics and Communication (Loncke) may be taken for credit, but not both.
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Students must be a 3rd or 4th Psychology major or Interdisciplinary-Cognitive Science major.
Description of course contents:  Topics include psychological and linguistic theory; experimental and empirical studies of linguistic usage; development of language in infants and children; cross-cultural studies of linguistic usage; and the biology of language.
Instructor:  Loncke

PSYC 4280: Neural Basis of Empathy

*Note:  PSYC 4280 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.
Credits:  3

Prerequisites:

Enrollment Restrictions:  4th years:  Psychology Majors/Minors and Cognitive Science Majors; GSAS.

Description of course contents: This course is designed to provide in-depth experience with the concepts, methods, and techniques used in empathy research. Students will delve into scientific articles on the biological basis of emotional empathy, perspective taking, prosocial behavior, and compassion and learn how these skills can be modulated.

Instructor:  Clabough

PSYC 4500: Myths & Controversies in Psychology

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Students must be a 3rd or 4th Psychology major or Interdisciplinary-Cognitive Science major.
Description of course contents: This course is an in-depth look at some of the common myths and controversies that exist in psychology today. The topics covered include memory, learning, technologies and ‘mind reading’, and psychopathology. Specifically, we will discuss issues that range from repressed memories to Baby Einstein materials and from the belief that ‘fMRI can read your mind’ to the use of inkblots in psychological assessment.  Each topic will give the class a basis to discuss study design, methodology, statistics, and underlying psychological principles in psychology. The goal of this course is to explore a variety of provocative, interesting, and fun topics, and in doing so, learn skills necessary to be good research psychologists.

Credits:  3
Instructor: 
Elizabeth Gross

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Neuroscience

PSYC 2200 :  Neural Basis of Behavior (Session 2 & 3)  ONLINE
Credits:  3

Instructor: Erin Clabough

 

PSYC 3100- Learning and the Neuroscience of Behavior (Session 1)

*Note:  PSYC 3100 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits:  3

Description of course contents:  The course will examine historical and current theories of learning that provide the foundation for most, if not all forms of an organism's behavior. Students will be exposed to a diverse range of experimental findings that led to principles and concepts that currently explain how environmental, social and emotional factors influence the brain and body to shape human and animal behavior.

Instructor: Cedric L. Williams

PSYC 4100 Neuroscience of Learning, Emotions and Motivation of Functional Behavior
*Note:  PSYC 4100 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:  Students must be a 3rd or 4th Psychology major or Interdisciplinary-Cognitive Science/Neuroscience major.
Description of course contents:  Learning, Emotions and Motivation will be explored from animal models of clinical conditions, historical case studies in humans of brain-derived emotional disturbances, and current innovations to treat brain disorders. These important discoveries will be presented for students to understand underlying biological and neural mechanisms that mediate adaptive changes to motivate healthy behavior.
Instructor:  Williams

PSYC 4200: Neural Mechanisms of Behavior

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  BIOL 3050 or PSYC 2200/3200 or PSYC 3260 
Students must be a 3rd or 4th Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, or Neuroscience major.
Description of course contents: 
Introduces basic concepts in neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and neurochemistry needed for an understanding of brain and behavior. PSYC 3210 is recommended.                        

Credits:  3
Instructor: Adema Ribic

PSYC 4280: Neural Basis of Empathy

*Note:  PSYC 4280 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.
Credits:  3

Prerequisites:

Enrollment Restrictions:  4th years:  Psychology Majors/Minors and Cognitive Science Majors; GSAS.

In recent years, there’s been an explosion of discourse, both academic and public, over fake news and the alleged threats it poses. Where some warn that fake news is a pressing danger to liberal democracies, others advocate for abandoning the concept altogether. This course is designed to introduce students to the various philosophical problems raised by the phenomenon of fake news. Specific questions to be explored include (but are not limited to): What is fake news? How might fake news undermine liberal democracy, if at all? Does responsibility for addressing fake news lie with individuals, corporations, or governments? In investigating these issues, students will become familiar with core themes in social-political philosophy, epistemology, and the philosophy of language; and, in so doing, will learn to apply these philosophical tools in theorizing about a subject of increasing public importance.

This course is designed to provide in-depth experience with the concepts, methods, and techniques used in empathy research. Students will delve into scientific articles on the biological basis of emotional empathy, perspective taking, prosocial behavior, and compassion and learn how these skills can be modulated.

Instructor:  Clabough

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Linguistics

ANTH 2400: Language and Culture

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

Description of course contents: A survey of topics having to do with the relationship between language, culture, and society. We will consider both how language is described and analyzed by linguists and how evidence from language can shed light on a variety of social, cultural, and cognitive phenomena. Topics include: nature of language, origins of language, how languages change, writing systems, use of linguistic evidence to make inferences about prehistory, the effects of linguistic categories on thought and behavior, regional and social variation in language, and cultural rules for communication. Satisfies the College Non-Western perspectives requirement.

Instructor: Gilliam

PSYC 4110:  Psycholinguistics
*Note:  PSYC 4110 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Linguistics area requirement, but not both. Either PSYC 4110: Psycholinguistics (Loncke) or EDHS 4300: Psycholinguistics and Communication (Loncke) may be taken for credit, but not both.
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Students must be a 3rd or 4th Psychology major or Interdisciplinary-Cognitive Science major.
Description of course contents:  Topics include psychological and linguistic theory; experimental and empirical studies of linguistic usage; development of language in infants and children; cross-cultural studies of linguistic usage; and the biology of language.
Instructor:  Loncke

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Philosophy

PHIL 1510- Buddhism and the Self
Credits:  3

Description of course contents: This course examines a few questions of particular interest to Buddhist philosophers about selfhood and attention. Is the “self” illusory? How do certain patterns of attention relate to living a good life? How might the “self” impede our ability to attend well? What is the purpose of meditation and mindfulness? On each of these topics, we will evaluate readings by both ancient and contemporary philosophers. Given the increasing commodification of our attention, many of these longstanding questions are especially timely.

Instructor: Veroneau

PHIL 1510- Environmental Ethics
Credits:  3

Description of course contents: Imagine an alien species looking down on Earth and making observations about how we, the human species during the Age of Man (the Anthropocene), on the whole, relate to our environment. How are we doing? From a distance, the most straightforward answer is “terribly.” We are in environmental crisis. What story explains how we got here?  What are alternative ways we can relate to our environment, that is, to our fellow terrestrial citizens, the animals, to the plants, to the air, to the soil? Perhaps it at first seems to the aliens that the bounds of our moral concerns are drawn neatly around us homo sapiens. On closer inspection, this turns out to be false. How has economic and cultural domination by the most powerful disproportionately stuck the burdens of environmental degradation with the disadvantaged, the disinherited? Who should we look to to get our house in order? Can we take one small step forward in remedying these problems by building closer personal and spiritual relationships with the environment? How do we do this?

Instructor: Cetic

PHIL 1510- Fake News & Philosophy
Credits:  3

Description of course contents: In recent years, there’s been an explosion of discourse, both academic and public, over fake news and the alleged threats it poses. Where some warn that fake news is a pressing danger to liberal democracies, others advocate for abandoning the concept altogether. This course is designed to introduce students to the various philosophical problems raised by the phenomenon of fake news. Specific questions to be explored include (but are not limited to): What is fake news? How might fake news undermine liberal democracy, if at all? Does responsibility for addressing fake news lie with individuals, corporations, or governments? In investigating these issues, students will become familiar with core themes in social-political philosophy, epistemology, and the philosophy of language; and, in so doing, will learn to apply these philosophical tools in theorizing about a subject of increasing public importance.

Instructor: Charles Oswald

PHIL 1510- Ethics in the Digital Age
Credits:  3

Description of course contents: In this course, we'll critically evaluate some ethical issues concerning technology by focusing on debates over social media, biomedical technology, and artificial intelligence. For example, is social media responsible for the rapid spread of fake news? When is it okay to use genetic engineering technology like CRISPR, if ever?

And what sorts of limits should we place on the development of artificial intelligence so that things don't go haywire? We'll first cover basic ethical theory and then address these (and other) issues case by case.

Instructor: Welchance

PHIL 1510- What is Art
Credits:  3

Description of course contents: This course will be a study of three questions: (1) What is art? (2) What is a piece of art? (3) What is a good piece of art? Starting with the most general, we will consider the diverse contemporary accounts of the nature and function of art. These theories will guide us in exploring what even counts as a piece of art: How can blank canvas be art? What about "A.I. art?" Finally, we will turn to the aesthetics and politics of art. Not only looking at how our judgement and social context affects our perception of art, but how art can affect our perception of everything else. In exploring these issues we will gain the philosophical, methodological, and writing tools needed to engage in these subjects as well as philosophy more generally. 

Instructor: Jones

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Computer Science (These courses are listed under the School of Engineering)

CS 1110 Introduction to Programming (Session I)

Credits: 3

Instructor: Paul McBurney

CS 2120 Discrete Math and Theory 1 (Session 2)

Prerequisite: CS 111X

Credits: 3

Instructor: Elizabeth Orrico

CS 3710 Intro to Cybersecurity  (Session I)

Prerequisite: CS

Credits: 3

Instructor: Aaron Bloomfield

 

 

Cognitive Science Approved Courses for Spring 2023


Psychology
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Psychology

PSYC 2005-1 & 2:  Research Methods & Data Analysis I
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

Enrollment restrictions:  None
Description of course contents:  Introduces research methods in psychology, integrating statistical analysis.
Instructor: Clark & Perrin (different sections)

PSYC 2150:  Introduction to Cognition (note-discussion section)

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:  None
Description of course contents:  Cognition is the activity of knowing: the acquisition, organization, and use of knowledge. Emphasizing fundamental issues, this course introduces such basic content areas in cognitive psychology as perception, memory, language, cognitive development, and philosophy of science.
Instructor:  Teles Santos Golino

PSYC 3006:  Research Methods & Data Analysis II
Credits:  4 (Required lab)
Prerequisites:  STAT 1601 (C or higher) PSYC 2005 or 3005 with grade of C or higher. May not be taken concurrently with 2005
Description of course contents: A continuation of discussion of research methods in psychology, including computer-controlled experimentation, integrated with computer-based exploratory data analysis, and elementary statistical analysis. Three lecture hours, two laboratory hours.  Instructor:  Meyer

PSYC 3100: Neuroscience of Behavior

*Note:  PSYC 3100 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:  None
Description of course contents:  The course will examine historical and current theories of learning that provide the foundation for most, if not all forms of an organism's behavior. Students will be exposed to a diverse range of experimental findings that led to principles and concepts that currently explain how environmental, social and emotional factors influence the brain and body to shape human and animal behavior.

PSYC 3310: R Applications in Psychology

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Restrictions: None
Description of course contents:  Online course This course serves as both an introduction to the R programming language for those who haven't had any previous R background, as well as a refresher and an extension of R topics for those who have taken an intro to R course (i.e., STAT 1601 or PSYC 3006) previously or concurrently.  This course is specially tailored to those who have an interest in psychology, with the purpose of preparing students to use R for their psychological research.
Instructor:  Meyer

PSYC 4110:  Psycholinguistics (Fulfills Second Writing Requirement in CAS)
*Note:  PSYC 4110 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Linguistics area requirement, but not both. Either PSYC 4110: Psycholinguistics (Loncke) or EDHS 4300: Psycholinguistics and Communication (Loncke) may be taken for credit, but not both.
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:
Third or fourth year Psychology or Cognitive Science major/second major

Description of course contents:  Topics include psychological and linguistic theory; experimental and empirical studies of linguistic usage; development of language in infants and children; cross-cultural studies of linguistic usage; and the biology of language.

 Instructor:  Loncke

PSYC 4500- Section 002 Psychology of Misinformation

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:  
Third or fourth year Psychology or Cognitive Science major/second major

Description of course contents:

Instructor: Golino

PSYC 4500- Section 005 Cognitive Impairment in Aging

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions: 
Third or fourth year Psychology or Cognitive Science major/second major

Description of course contents: his course intends to approach a set of common cognitive diseases (such as Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal disorders, Lewy body, and vascular dementia) from its diagnosis and treatment. Boundaries between typical and atypical trajectories in aging will be discussed. The students will learn how to desing cognitive interventions for healthy and clinical groups.

Instructor: Teles Santos Golino

PSYC 4500-Section 006: High-Level Cognition

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:
Enrollment Restrictions:  
Third or fourth year Psychology or Cognitive Science major/second major

Description of course contents: This course will cover contemporary data and theory in high level cognitive processes, including reasoning, choice, problem solving, creativity, and collaborative thinking.

Instructor: Willingham

PSYC 4606: Cognitive Biases in Anxiety Disorder

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: PSYC 2410 Abnormal Psychology

Enrollment Restrictions:   Third or fourth year Psychology or Cognitive Science major/second major

Description of course contents: This course examines cognitive processing biases in anxiety and related disorders. To understand, for example, why a person with social anxiety sees only the one scowling face in a room full of smiles, we consider automatic processing of emotional information. The course critiques cutting-edge research on how these processes contribute to anxiety and related problems, and if it is important to change the processes to reduce psychopathology.

Instructor: Teachman

PSYC 5270:  Computational Neuroscience
*Note:  PSYC 5270 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience, or Computer Science area requirement, but only one area requirement.

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  Instructor Permission
Enrollment Restrictions:
Restricted to 3rd or 4th year major/2nd major Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience; or graduate A&S student.
Description of course contents:  Develops skills in processing neural data and analyzing its relationship to stimulus or motor activity. Topics include information theory, receptive fields, point processes, and mixed-effects models. Emphasis is on implementing theoretical concepts with computer programs.

Instructor:  Meliza

PSYC 5323 R in Psychology
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions: 
Restricted to 3rd or 4th year major/2nd major Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience; or graduate A&S student.

Description of course contents: This course is designed to introduce the statistical language R, with the purpose of preparing students to use and apply quantitative methods in their future psychology research.  Topics may include handling data structures, cleaning data, visualizing and presenting data, and reviewing introductory statistics using R.

Instructor: Meyer

 

PSYC 5500: Advanced Multiple Regression and Data Visualization
Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Any introductory statistics course and any methods course using R statistical software.
Enrollment Restrictions:  Instructor Permission only.

Description of course contents:  Tentative topics include basic R programming, linear models, and focus on analyzing real COVID-19 data initially. Next, more regression topics will be introduced and analyzed using a dataset for better understanding of data related to COVID-19 from open-source data obtained from ICPSR. Students will learn how to create their own RStudio Shiny App to depict variations in statistical models using visualization techniques. Step by step guidance will be given.
Each week, students will work in groups, collaboratively conduct a real data analysis and create a report to summarize their work and empirical findings.

Instructor:  Schmidt

PSYC 5710:  Machine Learning and Data Mining
*Note:  PSYC 5710 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Computer Science area requirement, but not both.

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None      
Enrollment Restrictions:
Restricted to 3rd or 4th year major/2nd major Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience; or graduate A&S student.
Description of course contents:  While most psychological studies ask "is something different between groups?", in this course we will introduce quantitative methods to answer the question "what is different between groups?", ie., we ask which part (or combination) of our data maximizes the chances to distinguish between given groups.
Instructor:  Golino

PSYC 5720: Fundamentals of Item Response Theory
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  Undergraduates PSYC 2005 or 3005 and 3006  or 4005 and 4006.    
Enrollment Restrictions:  Instructor Permission only.

Description of course contents:  This course is designed to introduce you to the concepts of item response theory (IRT) models and their application to substantive psychological problems in measurement, such as test and scale design and analysis.

Instructor:  Schmidt

BME 3636 Neural Network Models of Cognition and Brain Computation
*Note:  BME 3636 may be used to fulfill either the area or upper level requirement for Cognitive Psychology, Computer Science, or Neuroscience area requirement, but not more than one.
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  Cross-listed as NESC 5330.  CS 1110; and BIOM 2101; or permission of the instructor.
Description of course contents:  This is an introductory course to neural networks research, specifically biologically-based networks that reproduce cognitive phenomena. The goal of this course is to teach the basic thinking and methodologies used in constructing and understanding neural-like networks.
Instructor:  Levy

EDLF 5270 Adult Development and Aging

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: None

Enrollment restrictions: None

This course will focus on key issues in adult psychological and physical development. We will explore development from a biopsychosocial perspective, examining topics such as health, cognitive function, personality, interpersonal relationships, and work. This will be a theory-to-practice class, with an emphasis on current theories of optimal or successful aging. In particular, we will focus on how adults respond and adapt to changes in their health, their environment, and their sense of self. Contexts for development will include education, health care, the family, and the community, with attention to individual differences (gender, race, ethnicity). 

Instructor: Whaley

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Neuroscience

PSYC 3100: Neuroscience of Behavior

*Note:  PSYC 3100 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:  None
Description of course contents:  The course will examine historical and current theories of learning that provide the foundation for most, if not all forms of an organism's behavior. Students will be exposed to a diverse range of experimental findings that led to principles and concepts that currently explain how environmental, social and emotional factors influence the brain and body to shape human and animal behavior.

PSYC 3200-001:  Fundamentals of Neuroscience

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  PSYC 2200 or BIOL 2100

BIOL 3050  

Enrollment Restrictions: This course will build on students' general knowledge of Neuroscience topics and aim to achieve a deeper understanding of the fundamental principles of Neuroscience. Topics covered: (1) cell biological and electrical properties of the neuron; (2) synaptic transmission and synaptic plasticity; (3) transduction of physical stimuli and processing of sensory information; and (4) development and evolution and the nervous system

Instructor: Cang

PSYC 3210-001/002:  RM: Psychobiology Laboratory

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  PSYC 2200 or PSYC 3200 or BIOL 3050  

Description of course contents: Develops skills necessary for the study of neural bases of behavior, such as brain dissection, aseptic surgical technique, lesions, behavioral analysis, and histology. Emphasis is on mastering contemporary techniques used in neuroscience research and effective, professional written presentation of research findings. Four laboratory hours.

Instructor: Cang

PSYC 3235-001:  Introduction to Epigenetics

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  PSYC 2200 or PSYC 3200 or BIOL 3050

Enrollment Restrictions:

Description of course contents: This course is a didactic, mechanistic exploration of epigenetics; we will discuss all epigenetic modifications known to date, the processes through which they are established and modified and their impact on the cell and organism.

Instructor: Connelly

PSYC 5270:  Computational Neuroscience
*Note:  PSYC 5270 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  Instructor Permission
Enrollment Restrictions:
Restricted to 3rd or 4th year major/2nd major Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience; or graduate A&S student.
Description of course contents:  Develops skills in processing neural data and analyzing its relationship to stimulus or motor activity. Topics include information theory, receptive fields, point processes, and mixed-effects models. Emphasis is on implementing theoretical concepts with computer programs.

Instructor:  Meliza

BIOL 3250:  Introduction to Animal Behavior
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  BIOL 2100 (2010) or BME 2104 and BIOL 2200
Description of course contents:  An introduction to comparative studies of animal behavior from neuroethological and evolutionary perspectives. The first deals with proximate causes of behavior, with emphases on motor, sensory and central aspects of the nervous system. The second deals with ultimate causes, with emphases on natural selection, natural history, and adaptive aspects of behavior.
Instructor: Kawasaki

BIOL 4310:  Sensory Neurobiology
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  PSYC 2200 or BIOL 3050 (3170)
Description of course contents:  This two-lectures-per-week course explores the basic principles of sensory neurobiology. The course consists of four modules.  Each module represents one of the senses and consists of an introductory lecture, one or several lectures that will delve into the details of that sense, a current topic lecture on some recent finding, and finally, a guest lecture from a UVa researcher.
Instructor:  Provencio

 

BIOL 4320:  Signal Transduction

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  : BIOL 3000 & BIOL 3010

Description of course contents:. This advanced undergraduate course explores how cells communicate with each other and respond to their environment. This area of biology is referred to as signal transduction and is the basis for most if not all normal and disease processes in humans. Therefore, significant time is spent on defining archetypal signaling modules that all cells use to receive and communicate information to and from their environment.

Instructor: Miller

BIOL 4330:  Wiring the Brain

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  BIOL 3000 and BIOL 3010; BIOL 3170 or PSYC 2200.

Description of course contents: This course will cover the current state of knowledge for how neurons form connections in the brain. The course will initially focus on how relatively simple model systems have provided the critical clues as to how specific synaptic connections form. This will be followed by a discussion of how this knowledge can be applied to the understanding and treatment of human neural disorders. About a quarter of the course will be standard lectures and the remainder student-led discussion of primary literature.

Instructor: Condron

BME 3636 Neural Network Models of Cognition and Brain Computation
*Note:  BME 3636 may be used to fulfill either the area or upper level requirement for Cognitive Psychology, Computer Science, or Neuroscience area requirement, but not more than one.
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  Cross-listed as NESC 5330.  CS 1110; and BIOM 2101; or permission of the instructor.
Description of course contents:  This is an introductory course to neural networks research, specifically biologically-based networks that reproduce cognitive phenomena. The goal of this course is to teach the basic thinking and methodologies used in constructing and understanding neural-like networks.
Instructor:  Levy

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Linguistics

ANTH 2400 Language and Culture

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

Description of course contents: A survey of topics having to do with the relationship between language, culture, and society. We will consider both how language is described and analyzed by linguists and how evidence from language can shed light on a variety of social, cultural, and cognitive phenomena. Topics include: nature of language, origins of language, how languages change, writing systems, use of linguistic evidence to make inferences about prehistory, the effects of linguistic categories on thought and behavior, regional and social variation in language, and cultural rules for communication. Satisfies the College Non-Western perspectives requirement.

Instructor: Wendte

 

ANTH 2415: Language in Human Evolution

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

Description of course contents:. Examines the evolution of our capacity for language along with the development of human ways of cooperating in engaged social interaction. Course integrates cognitive, cultural, social, and biological aspects of language in comparative perspective. How is the familiar shape of language today the result of evolutionary and developmental processes involving the form, function, meaning and use of signs and symbols in social ecologies?

Instructor: Sicoli

 

ANTH 2430: Languages of the World

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

Description of course contents: This course introduces students to the diversity of human language and the principles of linguistic classification. How many languages are spoken in the world, and how are they related? What features do all languages share, and in what ways may they differ? In surveying the world's languages, we will focus on the structure and social situation of a set of representative languages for each geographic region covered. We will also discuss the global trend of shift from the use of minority languages to large languages of wider communication, and what this means for the future of human diversity. Course work includes problem sets, essays, and a final paper on the linguistic features and social situation of a minor language. Prerequisites: one year of a foreign language or permission of instructor.

Instructor: Mirzayan

 

ANTH 3490: Language and Thought

Credits:  3
Description of course contents:
There is almost always more than one way to think about any problem. But could speaking a particular language make some strategies and solutions seem more natural than others to individuals? Can we learn about alternative ways of approaching the external world by studying other languages? The classic proposal of linguistic relativity as enunciated by Benjamin Lee Whorf is examined in the light of recent cross-cultural psycholinguistic research.

Instructor: Danziger

 

 

ANTH 3541-001 Topics in Linguistics: Language Change

Credits:  3
Description of course contents: Along the span of history and across the globe, the one constant of human language is change. This course introduces the study and analysis of language change over time in a variety of domains and contexts. Students will learn how to identify and decode processes and results of historical language change and apply these skills to analyze data bearing on relationships and contacts between different languages and their speakers. This course fulfills the Historical requirement for Linguistics majors and counts as a Linguistics Upper Level requirement for Cognitive Science majors.

Instructor: Wendte

 

ANTH 3559-001 New Course in Linguistics: Creoles & Creolization

Credits:  3
Description of course contents: Linguistics as a field has historically had difficulty accounting for local vernaculars known as creoles. In this course, we consider several proposals for analyzing these languages and explaining their unique origins and characteristics. We broach important theoretical debates concerning creoles as a linguistic type, the creole continuum, and the concept of de-creolization. Finally, we attempt to answer the perennial question: What is a creole? The answer is at least as much anthropological as it is linguistic. Examples will be drawn primarily from Franco-Creolophone Louisiana. Familiarity with French, though not required, will be useful. This course counts as a Linguistics Upper Level requirement for Cognitive Science majors.

Instructor: Wendt

ANTH 5410: Phonology

Credits:  3
Description of course contents:
An introduction to the theory and analysis of linguistic sound systems. Covers the essential units of speech sound that lexical and grammatical elements are composed of, how those units are organized at multiple levels of representation, and the principles governing the relation between levels.    

Instructor: Mirzayan

 

ANTH 5480: Literacy and Orality

Credits:  3
Description of course contents:
This course surveys ethnographic and linguistic literature on literacy, focusing on the social meanings of speaking vs. writing (and hearing vs. reading) as opposed communicative practices, looking especially at traditionally oral societies.

Instructor: Dobrin

 

EDHS 4030: Speech and Hearing Science

Credits:  3
Description of course contents: The course examines principal concepts and procedures for the study of physiologic, perceptual and acoustic aspects of voice, speech and hearing. The course leads the student into the fascinating world of new applications in daily life, in business, and especially in education and clinical work. 

Instructor: Loncke

 

PSYC 4110:  Psycholinguistics (Fulfills Second Writing Requirement in CAS)
*Note:  PSYC 4110 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Linguistics area requirement, but not both. Either PSYC 4110: Psycholinguistics (Loncke) or EDHS 4300: Psycholinguistics and Communication (Loncke) may be taken for credit, but not both.
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions: Enrollment not allowed in more than one 4000-level or 5000-level PSYC course and 4th year Psychology or Cognitive Science major/minor

Description of course contents:  Topics include psychological and linguistic theory; experimental and empirical studies of linguistic usage; development of language in infants and children; cross-cultural studies of linguistic usage; and the biology of language.

 Instructor:  Loncke

 

SPAN 3000: Phonetics

Description of course contents: Spanish Phonetics provides an introduction to the sound system of both Peninsular and Latin American Spanish. Class discussion focus on how the sounds of Spanish are produced from an articulatory point of view, and how these sounds are organized and represented in the linguistic competence of their speakers. When appropriate, comparisons will be made between Spanish and English or Spanish and other (Romance and non-Romance) languages. This course seeks to improve the student’s pronunciation. Prerequisites: SPAN 2020. Conducted in Spanish.

Instructor: Scida

 

SPAN 3200: Intro to Hispanic Linguistics

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  Spanish 3010

Description of course contents: This course offers a formal description of the Spanish language from the following angles of the linguistic discipline: language variation, change and acquisition; phonetics/phonology, morphology, and syntax. Counts for major credit in Spanish and Linguistics. Conducted in Spanish.

Instructor: Rini

 

SPAN 4203: Structure of Spanish

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: SPAN 3010 and either SPAN 3000 or SPAN 3200

Enrollment restrictions: Instructor Permission

Description of course contents: his is an advanced introduction to the study of fundamental aspects of the sound and grammatical systems of the Spanish language. The course will start by analyzing present-day (syllable, word and phrase) structures of the language and it will progress toward a more detailed examination of some of the linguistic processes and changes involved in the development of those structures. Prior coursework in linguistics is expected. Pre-requisites: SPAN 3010 and either SPAN 3000 Phonetics and SPAN 3200 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics

Instructor: Rini

 

SPAN 4530: Special Topic Seminar: Second Language Aquisition

Credits:  3

Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 and 3300, or departmental placement; instructor permission.
Description of course contents:

Instructor: Scida

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Philosophy

PHIL 2500-100 Topic: Philosophy of Moral Responsibility

Credits:  3
Description of course contents:
In this course we will take up philosophical questions about moral responsibility and blame: what is blame and how is it related to moral responsibility? What does it take to be blameworthy for something? We will also look at questions about blamerworthiness, or what it takes to be in a position to hold another person or institution accountable.

Instructor: Payton

PHIL 2500-002 Philosophy of Language

Credits:  3
Description of course contents:
  It is easy to take for granted what humans can accomplish with language. With language use we can describe and better come to know about the world. We can express ourselves, share core values, and be better able to understand each other. Through language use we also do things and change things, including languages themselves. We define, argue, and translate from completely different languages. Accomplishments abound! In this course, we will revel in some of these accomplishments, and through close study of theories in the philosophy of language that seek to understand, analyze, and explain some of these accomplishments. Large-scale questions will include: how are we able to refer? What are the relationships between words/phrases and what they are able to mean when they are used? What roles do language users play in those relationships? More broadly, what is linguistic meaning? We will approach these and other questions with both theoretical interest and an eye to the practices we share of using language in the world.  

Instructor: Fox

PHIL 2640: Rational Choice and Happiness
Credits:  3

Description of course contents: In this class, we will examine philosophical puzzles about our ability to make rational choices that affect or determine our own happiness. How can we rationally decide to undergo a significant experience – such as having a child or moving to a new country – when we have no way of knowing what that experience will be like? How can we rationally choose to make decisions about our future?

Instructor:  Barnes

PHIL 3320 Epistemology
Credits:  3

Description of course contents: The course focuses on questions in the theory of knowledge. Topics include: skepticism about knowledge of the external world, the nature of justification, foundationalism, and coherentism, the Gettier problem, internalism and externalism, a priori knowledge, the analytic/synthetic distinction, induction, and the ethics of belief.

Instructor:  Langsam

PHIL 3500 New Seminar: Metaphilosophy
Credits:  3

Description of course contents: Philosophy characteristically probes existence, the reality of objects, the possibility of knowledge, and the nature of truth, among many other things. Metaphilosophy is the self-reflective inquiry into the nature, aims, and methods of the activity that make these philosophical inquiries possible. It is concerned with the nature of philosophy—the philosophy of philosophy.  

Instructor:  Harris

PHIL 3400: Introduction to Non-Classical Logic
Credits:  3
Description of course contents: An introduction to systems of non-classical logic, including both extensions and revisions to classical logic.  We will look at logical systems that extend classical logic to deal with the phenomena of possibility and time.  We will look at logics that revise classical logic to allow for sentences which are neither true nor false, or sentences which can be both.  We will show how these departures from classical logic can shed light on various philosophical questions.

Instructor:  Cameron

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Computer Science

Most Computer Science courses are acceptable for the COGS major except CS 1010, CS 1020, and CS 1501 Special Topics courses. CS 1501 (and some 2501) courses are CR/NC grading which within the College of Arts and Sciences means they cannot be used to fulfill major credit hours.  This is not an exhaustive list and doesn’t go beyond the 3000 level though 4000 level – 3 credit hour classes also count for COGS.

The most common courses taken include:

CS 1110: Introduction to Programming
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Description of course contents: A first course in programming, software development, and computer science. Introduces computing fundamentals and an appreciation for computational thinking. No previous programming experience required. Note: CS 1110, 1111, 1112, 1113, and 1120 provide different approaches to teaching the same core material; students may only receive credit for one of these courses. of language.

Instructor:  Pettit

CS 1111: Introduction to Programming
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Description of course contents: A first course in programming, software development, and computer science. Introduces computing fundamentals and an appreciation for computational thinking. Prerequisite: Students should have some experience with programming. Note: CS 1110, 1111, 1112, 1113, and 1120 provide different approaches to teaching the same core material; students may only receive credit for one of these courses. Instructor:  Apostolellis

CS 2100 Data Structures and Algorithms  1

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  Must have completed CS 1110 or CS 1111 or CS 1112 or CS 1113 with a grade of C- or better OR successfully completed the CS 1110 place out test.
Description of course contents: A second course in computing with an emphasis on foundational data structures and program analysis. The course provides a introduction to object oriented programming and the Java programming language, concurrency, and inheritance / polymorphism. Additionally, foundational data structures and related algorithms / analysis are studied. These include lists, stacks, queues, trees, hash tables, and priority queues. Prereq: CS 1100 - CS 1199

Instructor 001: Stone 002 & 003: Morrison

 

CS 2120:  Discrete Mathematics and Theory 1

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Must have completed CS 1110 or CS 1111 or CS 1112 or CS 1113 with a grade of C- or better OR successfully completed the CS 1110 place out test.
Description of course contents: Introduces discrete mathematics and proof techniques involving first order predicate logic and induction. Application areas include sets, tuples, functions, relations, and combinatorial problems. Prereq: CS 1100 - CS 1199

Instructor:  Orrico

 

CS 2130:  Computer Systems and Organization 1

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Must have completed CS 1110 or CS 1111 or CS 1112 or CS 1113 with a grade of C- or better OR successfully completed the CS 1110 place out test.
Description of course contents: This course covers topics on the computer architecture abstraction hierarchy ranging from a step above silicon to a step below modern programming languages. Students in this course will learn to write low-level code in C and Assembly, how data is stored in memory, the basics of hardware design from gates and registers through general-purpose computers, and legal, ethical, and security issues related to these topics. CS 1100 - CS 1199 and either familiarity with Java, C++, or another C-like language, or concurrent enrollment in CS 2100

Instructor:  Hott

 

CS 3100 Data Structures and Algorithms  2

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Must have completed CS 2100 and CS 2120

Description of course contents: Builds upon previous analysis of algorithms and the effects of data structures on them. Algorithms selected from areas such as searching, shortest paths, greedy algorithms, backtracking, divide-and-conquer, dynamic programming, and machine learning. Analysis techniques include asymptotic worst case, expected time, amortized analysis, and reductions.CS 2100 and CS 2120; APMA 1090 or MATH 1210 or MATH 1310 or equivalent

Instructor:  Brunelle

 

CS 3120:  Discrete Mathematics and Theory 2

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Must have completed CS 3100 or CS 4102
Description of course contents: The goal of this course is to understand the fundamental limits on what can be efficiently computed. These limits reveal properties about information, communication, and computing, as well as practical issues about how to solve problems. Introduces computation theory including grammars, automata, and Turing machines. Prereq: CS 4102 or CS 3100

Instructor: Evans

 

CS 3130:  Computer Systems and Organization 2

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Must have completed CS 2100 and CS 2130

Description of course contents: A second course in computer systems, this course will explore a more realistic model of processors and how they and the operating system work together to provide various functionality we depend on as application programmers. Course topics include permission models, system architecture, concurrency, virtual memory, cryptographic primitives, and TCP/IP networking. Prereq CS 2100 and CS 2130

Instructor:  Reiss

 

CS 3140:  Software Development Essentials

NOTE: This class may only be taken by students in new course curriculum (that is, students who took CS 2100 - DSA 1). If you took CS 2110 and CS 2150, you are not able to take this course.

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Must have completed CS 2100 and CS 2120

Description of course contents: A first course in software engineering and software construction, this course focuses on bringing the programming concepts learned in a first course in data structures and algorithms together to begin to teach students how to build more complex systems. The course covers introductory topics in testing, software design principles, design patterns, functional programming, and data storage and manipulation.

Instructor:  001-002-Nguyen

 

CS 3205: HCI in Software Development

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Must have completed CS 2100 and CS 2110

Description of course contents: Human-computer interaction and user-centered design in the context of software engineering. Examines the fundamental principles of human-computer interaction. Includes evaluating a system's usability based on well-defined criteria; user and task analysis, as well as conceptual models and metaphors; the use of prototyping for evaluating design alternatives; and physical design of software user-interfaces, including windows, menus, and commands. Prerequisite: CS 2110 or CS 2100

Instructor:  Apostolellis

 

For a comprehensive list--PLEASE see CS 3000+ courses in SIS or Lous List

Note:  ECE 2066:  Science of Information will count for major credit but does not fulfill the CS area requirement.

 

BME 3636 Neural Network Models of Cognition and Brain Computation
*Note:  BME 3636 may be used to fulfill either the area or upper level requirement for Cognitive Psychology, Computer Science, or Neuroscience area requirement, but not more than one.
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  Cross-listed as NESC 5330.  CS 1110; and BIOM 2101; or permission of the instructor.
Description of course contents:  This is an introductory course to neural networks research, specifically biologically-based networks that reproduce cognitive phenomena. The goal of this course is to teach the basic thinking and methodologies used in constructing and understanding neural-like networks.
Instructor:  Levy

 

PSYC 5270:  Computational Neuroscience
*Note:  PSYC 5270 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience, or Computer Science area requirement, but only one area requirement.

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  Instructor Permission
Enrollment Restrictions: Arts & Sciences graduate student or enrollment is not allowed in more than one 4000- or 5000-level PSYC course (except PSYC 4910-4980
Description of course contents:  Develops skills in processing neural data and analyzing its relationship to stimulus or motor activity. Topics include information theory, receptive fields, point processes, and mixed-effects models. Emphasis is on implementing theoretical concepts with computer programs.

Instructor:  Meliza

 

PSYC 5710:  Machine Learning and Data Mining
*Note:  PSYC 5710 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Computer Science area requirement, but not both.

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None      
Enrollment Restrictions:  4th years: Psychology Majors/Minors and Cognitive Science Majors;
Enrollment not allowed in more than one 4000-level or 5000-level PSYC course or GSAS
Description of course contents:  While most psychological studies ask "is something different between groups?", in this course we will introduce quantitative methods to answer the question "what is different between groups?", ie., we ask which part (or combination) of our data maximizes the chances to distinguish between given groups.
Instructor:  Golino

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Electives

KINE 3660: Neuroscience of Exercise

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Description of course contents:
This course will address the underlying neuroanatomy associated with cognitive function in healthy individuals as well as those with neurocognitive/psychiatric pathologies and diseases. Throughout the semester, students will become consumers of cross- disciplinary research addressing the influence of physical activity and cognitive function.

Instructor: Resch

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Psychology

PSYC 4260: Genetic and Epigenetic Research in Behavior

*Note:  PSYC 4260 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits: 3

Description: We will discuss basic concepts in genetics/epigenetics and the role these molecular modifications play in behavior and disorder. We will evaluate empirical papers and learn the molecular techniques described within them. We will interrogate the genome databases and learn about how to identify and isolate differences in human DNA sequence. Completion of this course should result in increased knowledge of the use of genome level data in psychology and biology.

Instructor: Connelly

PSYC 4500: The Neuro Experience

*Note:  PSYC 4500-Neuro Experience may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits: 3

Description: his course will explore the physiological and psychological components of neurological disorders, focusing on changes in cognition and delving into how a patient might experience a disease process. Class content is rooted in basic neuroscience and informed by the patient experience. We will consider neurological disorder processes through different neurolenses, including the experience of the cell, the brain, the body, the caregiver/family, the community, and society. 

PSYC 4559: Research Methods in Developmental Human Neuroscience

*Note:  PSYC 4559-Research Methods in Developmental Neuroscience may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits: 3

Description: This course offers an introduction to and practical experience with developmental human neuroscience techniques. The course will be laboratory based and will give the students experience with collection and analysis of neuroscientific data. Our primary goal will be to understand how human neuroscience techniques may inform our understanding of the developing brain. We will focus on three techniques: electroencephalography (EEG), functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). We will consider each technique in detail through brief course lectures, readings, and laboratory demonstrations with particular emphasis on implementing these techniques with developing populations. Students will leave the course with an understanding of methodological  considerations for data collecting involving developmental populations, and hands-on experience.

Instructor: Puglia

PSYC 5326  The Neuroscience of Social Relationships

*Note:  PSYC 5326 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits: 3

Enrollment requirements: Completion of PSYC 2005/3005; Restricted to 3rd or 4th year Psyc, Cognitive Science, Neurosci major; or a Grad A&S student.

Description: This seminar course challenges students to understand the way natural selection has shaped the human brain and body to be fundamentally social. We will grapple with the implications of our social nature for health, well being, and policy, appreciate how different forces and time scales——from genetic evolution to the circumstances of any ordinary day——influence the function of simple acts like handholding, and we'll learn about neuroscientific mechanisms, levels of analysis, and research designs..

Instructor: Coan

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Neuroscience

PSYC 4260: Genetic and Epigenetic Research in Behavior

*Note:  PSYC 4260 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits: 3

Description: We will discuss basic concepts in genetics/epigenetics and the role these molecular modifications play in behavior and disorder. We will evaluate empirical papers and learn the molecular techniques described within them. We will interrogate the genome databases and learn about how to identify and isolate differences in human DNA sequence. Completion of this course should result in increased knowledge of the use of genome level data in psychology and biology.

Instructor: Connelly

PSYC 4500: The Neuro Experience

*Note:  PSYC 4500-Neuro Experience may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits: 3

Description: his course will explore the physiological and psychological components of neurological disorders, focusing on changes in cognition and delving into how a patient might experience a disease process. Class content is rooted in basic neuroscience and informed by the patient experience. We will consider neurological disorder processes through different neurolenses, including the experience of the cell, the brain, the body, the caregiver/family, the community, and society. 

PSYC 4500: Research Methods in Developmental Human Neuroscience

*Note:  PSYC 4500-Research Methods in Developmental Neuroscience may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits: 3

Description: This course offers an introduction to and practical experience with developmental human neuroscience techniques. The course will be laboratory based and will give the students experience with collection and analysis of neuroscientific data. Our primary goal will be to understand how human neuroscience techniques may inform our understanding of the developing brain. We will focus on three techniques: electroencephalography (EEG), functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). We will consider each technique in detail through brief course lectures, readings, and laboratory demonstrations with particular emphasis on implementing these techniques with developing populations. Students will leave the course with an understanding of methodological considerations for data collecting involving developmental populations, and hands-on experience.

Instructor: Puglia

PSYC 5326: The Neuroscience of Social Relationships

*Note:  PSYC 5326 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits: 3

Description: This seminar course challenges students to understand the way natural selection has shaped the human brain and body to be fundamentally social. We will grapple with the implications of our social nature for health, well being, and policy, appreciate how different forces and time scales——from genetic evolution to the circumstances of any ordinary day——influence the function of simple acts like handholding, and we'll learn about neuroscientific mechanisms, levels of analysis, and research designs..

Instructor: Coan

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Psychology

EDHS 4300: Psycholinguistics and Communication

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

*Note:  EDHS 4300 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Linguistics area requirement, but not both. Either PSYC 4110: Psycholinguistics (Loncke) or EDHS 4300: Psycholinguistics and Communication (Loncke) may be taken for credit, but not both.

Description of course contents: This course focuses on the psychological processes that underlie the acquisition and the use of language. There is an emphasis on the interaction between linguistic skills and other cognitive skills. The course also looks at flexibility of language and language use, and the influence of psycholinguistic processes on reading and writing, the social use of language, and language in other modalities. There will be a focus on learnability and teachability issues. Content: the course will provide insight in (1) acquisition and learnability,  (2) the biopsychology of language (neuro-linguistics, linguistic genetics) (3) the microgenesis of speech (the Levelt model), (4) perceptual processes, (5) expressive mechanisms, (6)

multimodality, (7) bilingualism and variation, (8) interaction between language and cognition (9) a psycholinguistic approach to breakdown (i.e., pathology).

Instructor: Loncke

PSYC 2005:  Research Methods & Data Analysis I
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

Enrollment restrictions:  None
Description of course contents:  Introduces research methods in psychology, integrating statistical analysis.
Instructor:  TBD (Section 101) and TBD (Section 102)

PSYC 2150:  Introduction to Cognition

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:  None
Description of course contents:  Cognition is the activity of knowing: the acquisition, organization, and use of knowledge. Emphasizing fundamental issues, this course introduces such basic content areas in cognitive psychology as perception, memory, language, cognitive development, and philosophy of science.
Instructor: Willingham

PSYC 3006:  Research Methods & Data Analysis II
Credits:  4 (Required lab)
Prerequisites:  STAT 1601 (C or higher) and PSYC 2005 or 3005 with a grade of C or higher

Enrollment restrictions:  Must have taken PSYC 2005 or 3005 and STAT 1601 or higher
Description of course contents:  Introduction to research methods in psychology, integrating statistical analysis. Emphasis on descriptive statistics and non-experimental research methods. Use of computers for data analysis, experimentation, and report writing. This course is the first part of a two-part series (2005 and 3006).
Instructor: Schmidt (section 101 & 102)

PSYC 3160:  Cognitive Neuroscience
*Note:  PSYC 3160 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits:  3
Description of course contents: This course is intended as a survey of cognitive neuroscience, with an emphasis on breadth. Each week we will cover one sub-area or topic within cognitive neuroscience including perception, attention, memory, cognitive control and others. Readings will be chapters from the textbooks with few supplemental journal articles. PSYC 2150 and/or PSYC 2200 are recommended but not required.

Instructor:  Long

PSYC 3240:  Animal Minds
*Note:  PSYC 3240 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:  None
Description of course contents:  How animals perceive their environment, find food, select mates, form social groups, communicate, and learn complex tasks. Theory and methods from comparative psychology, behavioral ecology, neuroethology, and animal cognition.
Instructor:  Meliza 

PSYC 3310: R Applications in Psychology

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

Enrollment restrictions:  None
Description of course contents:  Online course This course serves as both an introduction to the R programming language for those who haven't had any previous R background, as well as a refresher and an extension of R topics for those who have taken an intro to R course (i.e., STAT 1601 or PSYC 3006) previously or concurrently.  This course is specially tailored to those who have an interest in psychology, with the purpose of preparing students to use R for their psychological research.
Instructor:  Meyer

PSYC 4100 Neuroscience of Learning, Emotions and Motivation of Functional Behavior
*Note:  PSYC 4100 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:  Students must be a 3rd or 4th Psychology major or Interdisciplinary-Cognitive Science/Neuroscience major.
Description of course contents:  Learning, Emotions and Motivation will be explored from animal models of clinical conditions, historical case studies in humans of brain-derived emotional disturbances, and current innovations to treat brain disorders. These important discoveries will be presented for students to understand underlying biological and neural mechanisms that mediate adaptive changes to motivate healthy behavior.
Instructor:  Williams

PSYC 4155: Autism: From Neurons to Neighborhoods 
*Note:  PSYC 4155 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both. Credits:  3

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:   None
Enrollment Restrictions:  Students must be a 3rd or 4th Psychology major or Interdisciplinary-Cognitive Science or Neuroscience major.
Description of course contents: In this interdisciplinary seminar, we will discuss recent research on autism at multiple levels (biological, cognitive, social) and from multiple perspectives (autistic individuals, scientists, disability studies scholars, families, schools, community/government organizations).

Instructor:  Jaswal

PSYC 4250:  Brain Systems Involved in Memory

*Note:  PSYC 4250 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both. Credits:  3

Prerequisite:  PSYC 2200 or PSYC 3240 (PSYC 2210)

Enrollment Restrictions:  Student must have taken PSYC 2200 or PSYC 2210 or 3240. Student must be a third or fourth year Psychology, Cognitive Science, or Neuroscience major.

Description of course contents:  The seminar examines historical and current experimental findings to understand how critical brain regions are coordinated to regulate our capacity to learn, remember and store new information. Scientific literature is reviewed to uncover how interactions between separate brain systems encode new experiences associated with emotional learning, spatial memory, decision making, and also represent the source of dysfunctions that lead to memory problems in Alzheimer’s, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, Aging, etc.

 Instructor:  Williams

PSYC 4290: Memory Distortions

*Note:  PSYC 4290  may be used to fulfill either the COGS Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Restrictions:  Restricted to 3rd or 4th year Psyc, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience major

Description of course contents: Although memory is generally accurate, some illusions and distortions in remembering are unavoidable. We will review both neuroscience and cognitive research on a variety of different memory problems, ranging from relatively benign tip-of-the-tongue experiences to untrustworthy eye-witness testimony. Our ultimate goal will be to understand the neural basis and cognitive processes that contribute to these constructive memory phenomena.

Instructor: Dodson

PSYC 4310: Cognitive Aging
Credits:  3

Prerequisites:   None
Enrollment Restrictions:  Student must be a 3rd or 4th Psychology major or Interdisciplinary-Cognitive Science or Neuroscience major.
Description of course contents: In this interdisciplinary seminar, we will discuss recent research on autism at multiple levels (biological, cognitive, social) and from multiple perspectives (autistic individuals, scientists, disability studies scholars, families, schools, community/government organizations).

Instructor:  Teles Santos Golino

PSYC 4420: Brain Mapping with MRI 
*Note:  PSYC 4420 may be used to fulfill either the COGS Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  PSYC 2200 or BIOL 3050 or PSYC 3160
Enrollment Restrictions:  Restricted to 3rd or 4th year Psyc, Cognitive Science, Neurosci major

Description of course contents: Human neuroimaging technologies and analytics methods enable exploration of the form, function, and connectivity of the living brain.  Students will gain familiarity with the origins of brain imaging using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), be able to discuss the technical foundations of image reconstruction, view and process raw neuroimaging structural and time-series data, and make inferences about the brain in health and in disease.

Instructor: Van Horn

PSYC 4500: Cognitive Psychology
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  
Enrollment Restrictions:  Student must be a 3rd or 4th Psychology major or Interdisciplinary-Cognitive Science major.
Description of course contents:

Instructor: Teles Santos Golino

PSYC 4640: Psychology of Emotions
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:  Student must be a 3rd or 4th Psychology major or Interdisciplinary-Cognitive Science major.
Description of course contents: This course will survey contemporary research and theory in affective science. We will examine the origins, functions, and behavioral and social consequences of emotions, paying particular attention to cross-cultural and cross-species evidence.

Instructor: Wood

PSYC 5332: Quantified Cognition
*Note:  PSYC 5332 may be used to fulfill either the area or upper level requirement for Cognitive Psychology, Computer Science, or Neuroscience area requirement, but not more than one.
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions: Restricted to 3rd or 4th year Psyc, Cognitive Science, Neurosci major, or second major in PSYC/COGS/NESC; GSAS or data science graduate.
Description of course contents: This class will provide the foundation necessary to start thinking mechanistically about how neural function gives rise to cognition. Although the focus will be on problems in psychology and neuroscience, the material will have potential for broad application and will cover topics including computational modeling, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.
Instructor:  Sederberg

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Neuroscience

NESC 4265: Developmental Neurobiology
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:
Enrollment Restrictions: Student must have taken BIOL 3050 or PSYC 2200. Student must be a third or fourth year Psychology, Cognitive Science, or Neuroscience major.
Description of course contents: The diverse functions of the nervous system depend on precise wiring of connections between neurons. This course covers cellular and molecular processes of how neuronal connections are established during development. Diseases which result from failing to establish the circuitry will also be discussed. This course will introduce research methods and technology, and encourage students to develop logical rationale of contemporary research.

Instructor: Liu

PSYC 2200-1: Survey of Neural Basis
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:  Laboratory Required
Description of course contents: After an overview of brain organization and function, the course examines what we know about the physiological bases of several behaviors including sensation and perception, learning, memory, sleep development, hunger, thirst, and emotions.

Instructor:  Clabough

PSYC 3160:  Cognitive Neuroscience
*Note:  PSYC 2160 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits:  3
Description of course contents: This course is intended as a survey of cognitive neuroscience, with an emphasis on breadth. Each week we will cover one sub-area or topic within cognitive neuroscience including perception, attention, memory, cognitive control and others. Readings will be chapters from the textbooks with few supplemental journal articles. PSYC 2150 and/or PSYC 2200 is recommended but not required.

Instructor:  Long

PSYC 3240:  Animal Minds
*Note:  PSYC 3240 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:  None
Description of course contents:  How animals perceive their environment, find food, select mates, form social groups, communicate, and learn complex tasks. Theory and methods from comparative psychology, behavioral ecology, neuroethology, and animal cognition.
Instructor:  Meliza 

PSYC 4100 Neuroscience of Learning, Emotions and Motivation of Functional Behavior
*Note:  PSYC 4100 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions:  Students must be a 3rd or 4th Psychology major or Interdisciplinary-Cognitive Science or Neuroscience major.
Description of course contents:  Learning, Emotions and Motivation will be explored from animal models of clinical conditions, historical case studies in humans of brain-derived emotional disturbances, and current innovations to treat brain disorders. These important discoveries will be presented for students to understand underlying biological and neural mechanisms that mediate adaptive changes to motivate healthy behavior.
Instructor:  Williams

PSYC 4200 Neural Mechanisms of Behavior
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  PSYC 2200 or BIOL 3050
Enrollment Restrictions:  Students must be a 3rd or 4th Psychology major or Interdisciplinary-Cognitive Science or Neuroscience major.
Description of course contents:  Introduces basic concepts in neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and neurochemistry needed for an understanding of brain and behavior. PSYC 3210 is recommended. 
Instructor:  Ribic

PSYC 4155: Autism: From Neurons to Neighborhoods 
*Note:  PSYC 4155 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both. Credits:  3

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:   None
Enrollment Restrictions:  Student must be a 3rd or 4th Psychology major or Interdisciplinary-Cognitive Science, or Neuroscience major.
Description of course contents: In this interdisciplinary seminar, we will discuss recent research on autism at multiple levels (biological, cognitive, social) and from multiple perspectives (autistic individuals, scientists, disability studies scholars, families, schools, community/government organizations).

Instructor:  Jaswal

PSYC 4250:  Brain Systems Involved in Memory

*Note:  PSYC 4250 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both. Credits:  3

Prerequisite:  PSYC 2200 or PSYC 3240 (PSYC 2210)

Enrollment Restrictions:  Student must have taken PSYC 2200 or PSYC 2210 or 3240    Student must be a third or fourth year Psychology, Cognitive Science, or Neuroscience major.

Description of course contents:  The seminar examines historical and current experimental findings to understand how critical brain regions are coordinated to regulate our capacity to learn, remember and store new information. Scientific literature is reviewed to uncover how interactions between separate brain systems encode new experiences associated with emotional learning, spatial memory, decision making, and also represent the source of dysfunctions that lead to memory problems in Alzheimer’s, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, Aging, etc.

 Instructor:  Williams

PSYC 4290: Memory Distortions

*Note:  PSYC 4290  may be used to fulfill either the COGS Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Restrictions:  Restricted to 3rd or 4th year Psyc, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience major

Description of course contents: Although memory is generally accurate, some illusions and distortions in remembering are unavoidable. We will review both neuroscience and cognitive research on a variety of different memory problems, ranging from relatively benign tip-of-the-tongue experiences to untrustworthy eye-witness testimony. Our ultimate goal will be to understand the neural basis and cognitive processes that contribute to these constructive memory phenomena.

Instructor: Dodson

PSYC 4420: Brain Mapping with MRI
*Note:  This course- may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Neuroscience area requirement, but not both.

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  PSYC 2200 or BIOL 3050 and PSYC 4200
Enrollment Restrictions:   Restricted to 3rd or 4th year Psyc, Cognitive Science, Neurosci major; or a Grad A&S student.

Description of course contents: Human neuroimaging technologies and analytics methods enable exploration of the form, function, and connectivity of the living brain.  Students will gain familiarity with the origins of brain imaging using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), be able to discuss the technical foundations of image reconstruction, view and process raw neuroimaging structural and time-series data, and make inferences about the brain in health and in disease.

Instructor: Van Horn

PSYC 5332: Quantified Cognition
*Note:  PSYC 5332 may be used to fulfill either the area or upper level requirement for Cognitive Psychology, Computer Science, or Neuroscience area requirement, but not more than one.
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions: Restricted to 3rd or 4th year Psyc, Cognitive Science, Neurosci major, or second major in PSYC/COGS/NESC; GSAS or data science graduate.
Description of course contents: This class will provide the foundation necessary to start thinking mechanistically about how neural function gives rise to cognition. Although the focus will be on problems in psychology and neuroscience, the material will have potential for broad application and will cover topics including computational modeling, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.
Instructor:  Sederberg

BIOL 3050:  Introduction to Neurobiology

Credits: 3

Prerequisites:  Must have completed BIOL 2100 (formerly BIOL 2010) or BME 2104 and BIOL 2200 (formerly BIOL 2020) or BIOL 2040

Description of course contents:  Analyzes the concepts of general neurobiology, including basic electrophysiology and electrochemistry, origin of bioelectric potentials, sensory, motor, integrative and developmental neurobiology, and conceptual models of simple learning. Prerequisite: Must have completed BIOL 2010 or BIOL 2100 or BME 2104 and BIOL 2020 or BIOL 2040.  May not take if previously completed BIOL 3170. Analyzes the concepts of general neurobiology, including basic electrophysiology and electrochemistry, origin of bioelectric potentials, sensory, motor, integrative and developmental neurobiology, and conceptual models of simple learning.

Instructors:  Condron

BIOL 4045:  Neurodegenerative Diseases

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  BIOL 3000 & BIOL 3050 and can’t enroll if previously taken BIOL 4559 topic #29 Neurodegenerative Diseases

Description of course contents:  This course for advanced undergrads will focus mainly on research about Alzheimer's disease, and will meet once/week for 3 hours. The first 3 weeks will be primarily didactic, and the remainder of the course will be a "journal club" in which primary research paper discussions will be led by teams of students. Assessments will be based on how well students lead and participate in discussions, and on exams.

Instructor:  Bloom

BIOL 4190:  Biological Clocks

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  BIOL 3000 or BIOL 3010 or BIOL 3020

Description of course contents:  Provides direct experience in approaches used to study animal behavior. Each lab concentrates on a particular aspect of behavior. Student experiments relate to central nervous systems; sensory perception; sign stimuli, feeding behavior; social behavior; reproductive behavior; biological timing; and animal observation in the laboratory and field.

Instructor:  Provencio

BIOL 4270:  Animal Behavior Laboratory

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  BIOL 3250

Description of course contents:  Provides direct experience in approaches used to study animal behavior. Each lab concentrates on a particular aspect of behavior. Student experiments relate to central nervous systems; sensory perception; sign stimuli, feeding behavior; social behavior; reproductive behavior; biological timing; and animal observation in the laboratory and field.

Instructor:  Kawasaki

BIOL 4280:  Genetic Basis of Behavior
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  BIOL 3000 and 3010 required
Description of course contents:  This course studies behavior paradigms in model animals and the modern genetic tools used study and dissect the circuits underlying them. Can an animal as simple as a fly or mouse learn simple tasks, show appetitive behaviors and cravings, and inform studies of human addiction?   Readings from classic and current literature will show the historical context of this field and develop critical reading skills.

Instructor: Hirsh

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Linguistics

ANTH 2400: Language and Culture

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

Description of course contents: Introduces the interrelationships of linguistic, cultural, and social phenomena with emphasis on the importance of these interrelationships in interpreting human behavior. No prior knowledge of linguistics is required.

Instructor: Wendte

ANTH 2410: Sociolinguistics

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

Description of course contents:  Reviews key findings in the study of language variation. Explores the use of language to express identity and social difference.No background in linguistics is presupposed.

Instructor: Lefkowitz

ANTH 2430: Languages of the World

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

Description of course contents: This course introduces students to the diversity of human language and the principles of linguistic classification. How many languages are spoken in the world, and how are they related? What features do all languages share, and in what ways may they differ? In surveying the world's languages, we will focus on the structure and social situation of a set of representative languages for each geographic region covered. We will also discuss the global trend of shift from the use of minority languages to large languages of wider communication, and what this means for the future of human diversity. Course work includes problem sets, essays, and a final paper on the linguistic features and social situation of a minor language. Prerequisites: one year of a foreign language or permission of instructor.

Instructor: Dobrin

ANTH 2541: Topics in Linguistics: French Creole Language Structures

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

Description of course contents:This course examines the similarities and differences in phonology, morphology, and syntax among those creole languages whose primary lexicon is derived from French. We also consider broader linguistic and anthropological issues concerning creoles. For example, while some have claimed that creoles exist as a typologically distinct class of languages, others have argued that their only commonality is their socio-histories. Familiarity with French, though not required, will be useful. This course fulfills the Structure requirement for Linguistics majors and counts as a Linguistics requirement for Cognitive Science majors.

Instructor: Wendte

ANTH 3450: Native American Languages (Designation: Non-Western)

Credits:  3

Prerequisites: None

Description of course contents: Introduces the native languages of North America and the methods that linguists and anthropologists use to record and analyze them. Examines the use of grammars, texts and dictionaries of individual languages and affords insight into the diversity among the languages.

Instructor:  Jennings-Arey

ANTH 3480: Language and Prehistory

Credits:  3

Prerequisites: None

Description of course contents: This course covers the basic principles of diachronic linguistics – the study of how languages change over time – and discusses the uses of linguistic data in the reconstruction of prehistory. We will consider the use of linguistic evidence in tracing prehistory population movements, in demonstrating contact among prehistoric groups, and in the reconstruction of daily life. To the extent that the literature permits, examples and case studies will be drawn from the Mayan language area of Central America, and will include discussion of the pre-Columbian Mayan writing system and its ongoing decipherment. This course fulfills the linguistics distribution requirement for Anthropology majors and for Cognitive Science majors. It also fulfills the Historical requirement for the Linguistics BA and MA.

Instructor:  Danziger

ANTH 4420:  Theories of Language
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:
Description of course contents:  Survey of modern schools of linguistics, both American and European, discussing each approach in terms of historical and intellectual context, analytical goals, assumptions about the nature of language, and relation between theory and methodology
Instructor:  Sicoli

ANTH 5541 100 Topics: Theory and Practice of Language Documentation
Credits: 3

Description of the course contents: This course explores the theoretical, practical, and ethical foundations of language documentation and linguistic fieldwork, forms of research that can hardly be separated in this era of global language shift and endangerment. How do the motivations of linguistic field research differ across interested constituencies, including scholars of various personal and academic backgrounds, the public, and speech communities themselves? What kinds of considerations, both linguistic and extralinguistic, must be addressed when planning and carrying out a linguistically-focused fieldwork project? Finally, we will think deeply about the audiovisual recordings and field notes that result from linguistic fieldwork: Who owns these artifacts? How should they be stored and presented? How should access to them be regulated? What is the relationship between these forms of linguistic data and the languages that they purport to represent? And to what extent can the outcomes of linguistic field research be reduced to such artifacts apart from the social relations that enabled their production?

Instructor: Dobrin

ANTH 5541 200 Topics: The Anthropology of Truth and Belief
Credits: 3

Description of the course contents:

What makes us believe? Across history and cultures there have been different answers: perhaps faith in an ultimate authority, reliance on first-hand evidence, or interpersonal trust in others’ sincerity. In the context of current anxiety over fake news and misinformation, we examine various regimes of belief, with special attention to the role of speech and language in them, and to their influence on ideas about the nature of language itself.

Instructor: Danziger

ASL 3450:  Comparative Linguistics: ASL and English
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:
Description of course contents:  Describes spoken English and ASL (American Sign Language) on five levels: phonological, morphological, lexical, syntactic, and discourse and compares/contrasts them using real-world examples. Describes major linguistic components and processes of English and ASL. Introduces basic theories regarding ASL structure. Emphasizes ASL's status as a natural language by comparing/contrasting similarities and unique differences between the two languages.
Instructor:  Jennings-Arey

EDHS 4300: Psycholinguistics and Communication

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

Enrollment restrictions: Enrollment is not allowed in more than one 4000-level or 5000-level PSYC course (except PSYC 4910-4980) per semester and student must be a 3rd or 4th Psychology major or Interdisciplinary-Cognitive Science major.

*Note:  EDHS 4300 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Linguistics area requirement, but not both. Either PSYC 4110: Psycholinguistics (Loncke) or EDHS 4300: Psycholinguistics and Communication (Loncke) may be taken for credit, but not both.

Description of course contents: This course focuses on the psychological processes that underlie the acquisition and the use of language. There is an emphasis on the interaction between linguistic skills and other cognitive skills. The course also looks at flexibility of language and language use, and the influence of psycholinguistic processes on reading and writing, the social use of language, and language in other modalities. There will be a focus on learnability and teachability issues. Content: the course will provide insight in (1) acquisition and learnability,  (2) the biopsychology of language (neuro-linguistics, linguistic genetics) (3) the microgenesis of speech (the Levelt model), (4) perceptual processes, (5) expressive mechanisms, (6) multimodality, (7) bilingualism and variation, (8) interaction between language and cognition (9) a psycholinguistic approach to breakdown (i.e., pathology).

Instructor: Loncke

FREN 4509-001 Seminar in French Linguistics: The Bilingual Speaker

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  FREN 3030, 3031, and one 4000-level course in French

Description of course contents: Topics of specific interest to faculty and advanced undergraduate students.

Instructor: Saunders

LING 3400: Structure of English

(obligatory 1 credit discussion)

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

Description of course contents: This course provides students with a foundation in the grammar of the English language. Topics include the phonology, morphology, syntax, with a focus on structural analysis. Students will gain confidence in discussing the form, function, and usage of linguistic structures.  Students will also have an opportunity to research topics related to structure for presentation.  Undergraduates will participate in group research projects, and graduate students will be expected to develop a conference-quality presentation.  Where possible, topics will also be related to the teaching and tutoring of English as a second language including interlanguage analysis and feedback. This course fulfills the structure requirement for Linguistics majors and graduate students.

Instructor: Crabtree

LNGS 3250: Introduction to Linguistic Theory and Analysis

(optional 1 credit discussion section)

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None

Description of course contents: Introduces sign systems, language as a sign system, and approaches to linguistics description. Emphasizes the application of descriptive techniques to data.

Instructor: Elson

LING 4650 Linguistic Typology

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: none

Description of the Course Contents: Linguistic typologists study the patterns of grammatical forms and relations as they vary and converge across the diversity of the world’s languages. Students in this course examine and critically evaluate definitions, methods and results of typological research, and gain practice analyzing linguistic data through typological lenses.

Instructor: Mirzayan

SPAN 3000: Spanish Phonetics

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  SPAN 3010

Description of course contents: Spanish Phonetics provides an introduction to the sound system of both Peninsular and Latin American Spanish. Class discussion focus on how the sounds of Spanish are produced from an articulatory point of view, and how these sounds are organized and represented in the linguistic competence of their speakers. When appropriate, comparisons will be made between Spanish and English or Spanish and other (Romance and non-Romance) languages. This course seeks to improve the student’s pronunciation. Conducted in Spanish.

Instructor: Mendoza

SPAN 4530:  Spanish vis-à-vis Other Romance Languages

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  SPAN 3010 and 3300, or department placement, instructor permission

Description of course contents: Drawing on a comparative approach to language change, this course traces the primitive origins and historical development of the major linguistic changes taking place in the passage from Latin to Spanish and other Romance (i.e., Latin-derived) languages, mainly Portuguese, Italian, and French. Topics to be explored include: Expected and unexpected phonological changes in the neo-Latin language continuum; the role of analogy and ‘contamination’ in language change; etymological and non-etymological nasalization; the object + verb to verb + object shift; the prepositional direct object; pronominal replacement and duplication of direct and indirect objects.

Instructor: Mendoza

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Philosophy

PHIL 2420: Introduction to Symbolic Logic
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Description of course contents: A basic introduction to the concepts and techniques of modern formal logic. The aim of this course is to give the student a working knowledge of both sentential and quantifier logic. Students will learn how to translate claims and arguments from English into a formal system, and to test arguments for validity. Discussion Required.
Instructor:  Cameron

PHIL 2500 (Section 200): Minds, Machines, and Persons
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Description of course contents: This course surveys foundational issues in the philosophy of cognitive science and mind. Part 1 addresses foundational questions about cognition. Is the mind a brain? A computer? Does the mind extend into the body and environment? What is a mental representation? Part 2 turns to the so-called “Hard Problem” of consciousness: can a physicalist theory of mind explain conscious experience? Part 3 concludes with the problem of personal identify over time. Once you were a kid, now you are an adult, and one day you'll grow old. What (if anything) makes you the same person throughout these stages of your life?
Instructor:  Irving

PHIL2820: Philosophy of Health and Healthcare

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Description of course contents In this class, we’ll first discuss the question ‘what is health?’ How do we define what it means to be healthy? Is there a difference between physical and mental health? Is there a difference between health and overall well- being? Is health a biological concept or is it something normative? Then we’ll look at specific puzzles that arise in health care related to how we understand health and disease. For example, how do we measure health outcomes? How do we deal with the inherent subjectivity of some aspects of health, such as pain? What is the relationship between what we consider ‘healthy’ and what our culture values or stigmatizes?

Instructor: Barnes

PHIL 3010: Darwin and Philosophy

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Description of course contents This course explores the history and the philosophical implications of Darwin’s revolutionary idea—that the unguided process of natural selection could explain the magnificent variety and adaptedness of living things and their descent from a common ancestor. We will look at Darwin’s historical, scientific and cultural context, and the evidence and arguments by which Darwin supported his theory. Philosophical topics will include: How are scientific theories supported by evidence? What makes evolutionary theory an accepted scientific theory? What are its moral implications? What does it tell us about human nature, how we should treat one another, and how we should relate to the environment upon which we depend?

same person throughout these stages of your life?
Instructor:  Eaker

PHIL 3330: Philosophy of the Mind
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Description of course contents: What is the nature of the mind and why do we find its nature so puzzling? We shall critically examine various theories about the nature of the mind; we shall also discuss the nature of particular kinds of mental states and events, such as beliefs, desires, feelings, sensory experiences, and others.  We shall be especially concerned with the relations between the mind and the body, and, more generally, between the mental and the physical.  Most of the readings will be by contemporary philosophers. (This course satisfies the major concentration requirement in Metaphysics and Epistemology.)
Instructor:  Langsam

PHIL 3500: Seminar in Philosophy: Consciousness
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:
Description of course contents:

Instructor:  Irving

PHIL 3620: Science Fiction and Philosophy
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Description of course contents:  Science fiction is a distinctively philosophical genre. Science fiction stories can cause us to question the bounds of what is possible, explore ethical questions that arise in alien circumstances, explore the nature of the self and the very nature of reality, and so on. This course will investigate philosophical questions via science fiction literature, and use philosophy to explore the nature of science fiction.

Instructor:  Cameron

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Computer Science

Most Computer Science courses are acceptable for the COGS major except CS 1010, CS 1020, and CS 1501 Special Topics courses. CS 1501 courses are CR/NC grading which within the College of Arts and Sciences means they cannot be used to fulfill major credit hours. 

The most common introductory-level Computer Science courses for Cognitive Science majors are:

CS 1110: Introduction to Programming
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Description of course contents: A first course in programming, software development, and computer science. Introduces computing fundamentals and an appreciation for computational thinking. No previous programming experience required. Note: CS 1110, 1111, 1112, 1113, and 1120 provide different approaches to teaching the same core material; students may only receive credit for one of these courses.

Instructor:  Pettit

CS 1111: Introduction to Programming
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Description of course contents: A first course in programming, software development, and computer science. Introduces computing fundamentals and an appreciation for computational thinking. Prerequisite: Students should have some experience with programming. Note: CS 1110, 1111, 1112, 1113, and 1120 provide different approaches to teaching the same core material; students may only receive credit for one of these courses.

Instructor:  Apostolellis

CS 1112: Introduction to Programming
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Description of course contents: A first course in programming, software development, and computer science. Introduces computing fundamentals and an appreciation for computational thinking. Prerequisite: Students must have no previous programming experience. Note: CS 1110, 1111, 1112, 1113, and 1120 provide different approaches to teaching the same core material; students may only receive credit for one of these courses.

Instructor:  Cohoon

CS 2100 Data Structures and Algorithms  1

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  Must have completed CS 1110 or CS 1111 or CS 1112 or CS 1113 with a grade of C- or better OR successfully completed the CS 1110 place out test.
Description of course contents: A second course in computing with an emphasis on foundational data structures and program analysis. The course provides a introduction to object oriented programming and the Java programming language, concurrency, and inheritance / polymorphism. Additionally, foundational data structures and related algorithms / analysis are studied. These include lists, stacks, queues, trees, hash tables, and priority queues. Prereq: CS 1100 - CS 1199

Instructor 001: Horton; 002 & 003: Basit

CS 2120:  Discrete Mathematics and Theory 1

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Must have completed CS 1110 or CS 1111 or CS 1112 or CS 1113 with a grade of C- or better OR successfully completed the CS 1110 place out test.
Description of course contents: Introduces discrete mathematics and proof techniques involving first order predicate logic and induction. Application areas include sets, tuples, functions, relations, and combinatorial problems. Prereq: CS 1100 - CS 1199

Instructor:  Orrico

CS 2130:  Computer Systems and Organization 1

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Must have completed CS 1110 or CS 1111 or CS 1112 or CS 1113 with a grade of C- or better OR successfully completed the CS 1110 place out test.
Description of course contents: This course covers topics on the computer architecture abstraction hierarchy ranging from a step above silicon to a step below modern programming languages. Students in this course will learn to write low-level code in C and Assembly, how data is stored in memory, the basics of hardware design from gates and registers through general-purpose computers, and legal, ethical, and security issues related to these topics. CS 1100 - CS 1199 and either familiarity with Java, C++, or another C-like language, or concurrent enrollment in CS 2100

Instructor:  TBA

CS 2150:  Program and Data Representation

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Student must have completed CS 2110 with grades of C- or higher, or the CS 2110 placement test AND must be currently enrolled in or previously taken CS 2102 or CS 2120
Description of course contents: Introduces programs and data representation at the machine level. Data structuring techniques and the representation of data structures during program execution. Operations and control structures and their representation during program execution. Representations of numbers, arithmetic operations, arrays, records, recursion, hashing, stacks, queues, trees, graphs, and related concepts. Prerequisite: CS 2110 with grades of C- or higher, or the CS 2110 placement test; co-requisite CS 2102 or CS 2120

Instructor:  Bloomfield

CS 3100 Data Structures and Algorithms  2

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Must have completed CS 2100 and CS 2120

Description of course contents: Builds upon previous analysis of algorithms and the effects of data structures on them. Algorithms selected from areas such as searching, shortest paths, greedy algorithms, backtracking, divide-and-conquer, dynamic programming, and machine learning. Analysis techniques include asymptotic worst case, expected time, amortized analysis, and reductions.CS 2100 and CS 2120; APMA 1090 or MATH 1210 or MATH 1310 or equivalent

Instructor:  Floryan

CS 3120:  Discrete Mathematics and Theory 2

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Must have completed CS 3100 or CS 4102
Description of course contents: The goal of this course is to understand the fundamental limits on what can be efficiently computed. These limits reveal properties about information, communication, and computing, as well as practical issues about how to solve problems. Introduces computation theory including grammars, automata, and Turing machines. Prereq: CS 4102 or CS 3100

Instructor: Brunelle

CS 3130:  Computer Systems and Organization 2

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Must have completed CS 2100 and CS 2130

Description of course contents: A second course in computer systems, this course will explore a more realistic model of processors and how they and the operating system work together to provide various functionality we depend on as application programmers. Course topics include permission models, system architecture, concurrency, virtual memory, cryptographic primitives, and TCP/IP networking. Prereq CS 2100 and CS 2130

Instructor:  Tychonievich

CS 3140:  Software Development Essentials

NOTE: This class may only be taken by students in new course curriculum (that is, students who took CS 2100 - DSA 1). If you took CS 2110 and CS 2150, you are not able to take this course.

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Must have completed CS 2100 and CS 2120

Description of course contents: A first course in software engineering and software construction, this course focuses on bringing the programming concepts learned in a first course in data structures and algorithms together to begin to teach students how to build more complex systems. The course covers introductory topics in testing, software design principles, design patterns, functional programming, and data storage and manipulation.

Instructor:  001-McBurney; 002-Nguyen

CS 3205: HCI in Software Development

Credits:  3
Prerequisites: Must have completed CS 2100 and CS 2110

Description of course contents: Human-computer interaction and user-centered design in the context of software engineering. Examines the fundamental principles of human-computer interaction. Includes evaluating a system's usability based on well-defined criteria; user and task analysis, as well as conceptual models and metaphors; the use of prototyping for evaluating design alternatives; and physical design of software user-interfaces, including windows, menus, and commands. Prerequisite: CS 2110 or CS 2100

Instructor:  Apostolellis

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Note:  ECE 2066:  Science of Information will count for major credit but does not fulfill the CS area requirement.

PSYC 5332: Quantified Cognition
*Note:  PSYC 5332 may be used to fulfill either the area or upper level requirement for Cognitive Psychology, Computer Science, or Neuroscience area requirement, but not more than one.
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Enrollment Restrictions: Restricted to 3rd or 4th year Psyc, Cognitive Science, Neurosci major, or second major in PSYC/COGS/NESC; GSAS or data science graduate.
Description of course contents: This class will provide the foundation necessary to start thinking mechanistically about how neural function gives rise to cognition. Although the focus will be on problems in psychology and neuroscience, the material will have potential for broad application and will cover topics including computational modeling, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.
Instructor:  Sederberg

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Elective Credit Only

EDLF 3160: Introduction to Educational Psychology (Please note: Only this section of EDLF 3160 taught by Dr. Grammer is eligible for COGS elective credit and will not show in the COGS SIS AR until you receive a grade and it is added to SIS. The exception being if you are a 4th year, the Program Coordinator will enter it after add/drop)

Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  None
Description of course contents: Most college students have spent 16,000+ hours in educational settings. That's a lot of time devoted to learning new information. This course addresses questions such as: Why does learning take so long? What really happens inside the brain? What keeps people motivated to learn? Are some environments better than others for learning? What societal conditions impact learning? Are people similar or different in the way they learn?

Instructor: Grammer

Cognitive Science Approved Courses for Summer 2022


Psychology
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Psychology

PSYC 2005:  Research Methods & Data Analysis I (Session 3)
Credits:  3

Instructor: Smyth

PSYC 2500:  Psychology of Misinformation (Session 2)
Credits:  3

Instructor: Golino

PSYC 3006:  Research Methods & Data Analysis II (Session 2)
Credits:  3

Instructor: Joseph Meyer & Karen Schmidt

PSYC 4110:  Psycholinguistics (Session 3)
*Note:  PSYC 4110 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Linguistics area requirement, but not both. Either PSYC 4110: Psycholinguistics (Loncke) or EDHS 4300: Psycholinguistics and Communication (Loncke) may be taken for credit, but not both.
Credits:  3
Instructor: Filip T. Loncke

PSYC 4500 Myths And Controversies  (Session 3)

Credits:  3

Instructor: Elizabeth Gross

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Neuroscience

PSYC 2200 :  Neural Basis of Behavior (Session 2)
Credits:  3

Instructor: Erin Clabough

PSYC 3210:  Psychobiology Lab (Session 1)
Credits:  3

Instructor: Erin Clabough

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Linguistics

PSYC 4110:  Psycholinguistics (Session 3)
*Note:  PSYC 4110 may be used to fulfill either the Cognitive Psychology or the Linguistics area requirement, but not both. Either PSYC 4110: Psycholinguistics (Loncke) or EDHS 4300: Psycholinguistics and Communication (Loncke) may be taken for credit, but not both.
Credits:  3
Instructor: Filip T. Loncke

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Philosophy

PHIL 1510-1 How To Think About Weird Things (Session 1)
Credits:  3

This is mainly an epistemology class, with a little philosophy of science, applied to weird phenomena like ghosts, UFOs, and ESP.  We talk about some main ideas in epistemology, like reasons and evidence, then apply them in depth to beliefs about the paranormal.

Instructor: Kirra Hyde

PHIL 1510-2 Social Media Ethics (Session 1)
Credits:  3

Students will engage with contemporary philosophical theory, data, news & policy to better understand what the social media ecosystem looks like & what role they play. By placing contemporary social media company policies alongside philosophical ethical theories, students will develop a foundational understanding of key ethical concepts and learn reasoning skills that will help them be more intentional about the choices they make online and off.

Instructor: Stephen Marrone

PHIL 1510-3 Free Will and Moral Responsibility  (Session 3).
Credits:  3

What does it mean to have free will? Are we ever morally responsible for our actions? Has science disproved free will? Do all of our actions flow from factors outside of our control? We will consult contemporary philosophical sources as we study these questions and others.

Instructor: Ethan Butt

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Computer Science

CS 1110 Introduction to Programming (Session I)

Credits: 3

Instructor: Raymond Petit

CS 2102 Software Development Methods (Session 3)

Prerequisite: CS 1110, 1111, 1112, or 1120 with grade of C- or above

Credits: 3

Instructor: Elizabeth Orrico

CS 2110 Software Development Methods (Session 2)

Prerequisite: CS 1110, 1111, 1112, or 1120 with grade of C- or above

Credits: 3

Instructor: Paul McBurney

CS 3102 Theory of Computation (will all count as UL Computer Science Concentration Courses) (Session 2)

Prerequisite: CS 2102 and 2110 both with grades of C- or above

Credits: 3

Instructor: Nathan Brunelle

CS 3205 HCI in Software Development (will all count as UL Computer Science Concentration Course) (Session I)

Prerequisite: CS 2110

Credits: 3

Instructor: Panagiotis Apostolellis

CS 3710 Intro to Cybersecurity  (will all count as UL Computer Science Concentration Course) (Session I)

Prerequisite: CS 2110

Credits: 3

Instructor: Aaron Bloomfield

(CS 4102, 4640,and 4750 will all count as UL Computer Science Concentration Courses)

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